Before hundreds of guests, 56 couples tied the knot on a terrace overlooking the famed Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale — which has twice been the home of the U.S. Open golf championships.READ MORE: Storm Watch: Officials Hoping To Avoid Repeat Of Ida With Preparations For Nor'easter
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Jim Lawrence, 76, and Arthur Guilmette, 79, of Coram, have been together for 53 years and were finally able to say “I do.”
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David Kilmnick, of the Long Island Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Services Network, told 1010 WINS once it was a day of love and celebration that couples have been waiting for years to come.READ MORE: New York City Workers, Supporters March Across Brooklyn Bridge To Protest Approaching Vaccine Mandate
“The significance of today was to really have a large showing on Long Island and give people the wedding they’ve always dreamed of,” Kilmnick said.
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The reception was being donated by the operators of the Carlyle On The Green — the catering facility on the property.
On Monday, opponents filed a lawsuit to overturn the gay marriage law claiming the state Senate violated its own procedures and the state’s open meetings law when the bill was approved last month.
The Empire State joined five other states and Washington, D.C. in allowing same-sex couples to wed, and people have been saying their “I do’s” in every corner of the state from Niagara Falls to Long Island.MORE NEWS: NYPD Officers Testify As Judicial Inquiry Into 2014 Death Of Eric Garner Gets Underway
New York City officials signed off on a record 659 marriage licenses on the day the Marriage Equality Act became law. By late afternoon Monday, another 331 had tied the knot.