LIers react to marriage equality law
Passage of the state's Marriage Equality Act means wedding planning for Long Island's estimated 3,500 same-sex couples can finally begin. Several local gay couples and their advocates shared their personal stories. Read more here.
John O'Hara, left, and Roy Schmitt have been a couple for 31 years, but they still obsessed over documenting their lives together should the legitimacy of their union ever be questioned. Thrilled by the passage of the Marriage Equality Act, O'Hara and Schmitt said they're happy for young gays and lesbians. "We had to wait decades and decades for this," O'Hara said, "and they are 40 or 50 years ahead of us." (June 17, 2011)
Sally, center, and Beverly Boyarsky raised their son Jarrett together, but faced a months-long legal battle before both women were granted legal paternal rights. The couple was married in Connecticut. They're now considering renewing their vows and registering as a married couple in New York. (June 16, 2011)
Michael Perkins, bottom left, with his parents Fred and Heidi Perkins, and his sister, Danielle in their Plainview home. Michael, 21, is gay. He isn't looking to marry yet, but his sister and their parents had been working to make sure he has that right to wed in New York. (June 17, 2011)