First Same-Sex Weddings on Valentine's Day at NYC Empire State Building: Other Gay Marriages on Feb14 (PHOTOS)

 
on February 15 2012 7:26 AM
  • Same-sex female and male wedding cake toppers are seen outside the East Los Angeles County Recorder's Office on Valentine's Day during a news event for National Freedom to Marry Week in Los Angeles, California February 14, 2012. Same-sex marriage has not
    Photo Credit: Reuters. Same-sex female and male wedding cake toppers are seen outside the East Los Angeles County Recorder's Office on Valentine's Day during a news event for National Freedom to Marry Week in Los Angeles, California February 14, 2012. Same-sex marriage has not been restored in California though earlier this month the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit declared California's ban on same-sex marriage, known as Proposition 8, unconstitutional. A 2008 California Supreme Court decision allowed same-sex couples to marry until Proposition 8 was passed.
  • Lela McArthur (L) and Stephanie Figarelle, both from Anchorage, AK, kiss during their marriage on the 61st floor of the Empire State Building in New York, February 14, 2012. Lucky couples have been married each year on Valentine Day's on the top of the Em
    Photo Credit: Reuters. Lela McArthur (L) and Stephanie Figarelle, both from Anchorage, AK, kiss during their marriage on the 61st floor of the Empire State Building in New York, February 14, 2012. Lucky couples have been married each year on Valentine Day's on the top of the Empire State Building for nearly two decades but this year for the first time two same sex couples said "I do" at the iconic New York landmark. The sky-high nuptials on Tuesday followed the legalization of gay marriage in June when Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the law making New York the sixth, and most populous U.S. state, to approve gays and lesbians to wed.
  • A gay couple poses next to a cake before a symbolic group wedding on Valentine's Day in Lima February 14, 2012. The wedding was organized by the local gay community to create a discussion about the illegality of gay marriages in Peru.
    Photo Credit: Reuters. A gay couple poses next to a cake before a symbolic group wedding on Valentine's Day in Lima February 14, 2012. The wedding was organized by the local gay community to create a discussion about the illegality of gay marriages in Peru.
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Two lucky women and two men became the first same-sex couples to wed in the 61st-floor area of the Empire State Building, New York, Tuesday, following the legalization of gay and lesbian marriages by the NYC government in June, 2011.

The women couple, Stephanie Figarelle, 29, and Lela McArthur, 24, first met in an anatomy class at the University of Alaska Anchorage and the male couple, Phil Fung and Shawn Klein, met at a night club in Manhattan, the Associated Press reported.

I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with you, Stephanie Figarelle told Lela McArthur.

I will always love you forever with every beat of my heart, said McArthur, as they exchanged their wedding ring and kissed each other.

Several other gay couples exchanged wedding vows on Valentine’s Day across the world, including Los Angeles, California and Peru.

Check out the pictures here.


Photo Credit: Reuters. Lela McArthur (L) and Stephanie Figarelle, both from Anchorage, AK, kiss during their marriage on the 61st floor of the Empire State Building in New York, February 14, 2012. Lucky couples have been married each year on Valentine Day's on the top of the Empire State Building for nearly two decades but this year for the first time two same sex couples said I do at the iconic New York landmark. The sky-high nuptials on Tuesday followed the legalization of gay marriage in June when Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the law making New York the sixth, and most populous U.S. state, to approve gays and lesbians to wed.


Photo Credit: Reuters. Lela McArthur (L) and Stephanie Figarelle, both from Anchorage, AK, kiss during their marriage on the 61st floor of the Empire State Building in New York, February 14, 2012. Lucky couples have been married each year on Valentine Day's on the top of the Empire State Building for nearly two decades but this year for the first time two same sex couples said I do at the iconic New York landmark. The sky-high nuptials on Tuesday followed the legalization of gay marriage in June when Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the law making New York the sixth, and most populous U.S. state, to approve gays and lesbians to wed.


Photo Credit: Reuters. Phil Fung (R) and Shawn Klein, life-partners of 18 years, kiss during their marriage ceremony on the 61st floor of the Empire State Building in New York, February, 14, 2012. Lucky couples have been married each year on Valentine Day's on the top of the Empire State Building for nearly two decades but this year for the first time two same sex couples said I do at the iconic New York landmark. The sky-high nuptials on Tuesday followed the legalization of gay marriage in June when Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the law making New York the sixth, and most populous U.S. state, to approve gays and lesbians to wed.


Photo Credit: Reuters. Same-sex couple Lori Campbell (L) and Maja Roble kiss after exchanging rings and commitment vows outside the East Los Angeles County Recorder's Office on Valentine's Day during a news event for National Freedom to Marry Week in Los Angeles, California February 14, 2012. Same-sex marriage has not been restored in California though earlier this month the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit declared California's ban on same-sex marriage, known as Proposition 8, unconstitutional. A 2008 California Supreme Court decision allowed same-sex couples to marry until Proposition 8 was passed.


Photo Credit: Reuters. A gay couple poses next to a cake before a symbolic group wedding on Valentine's Day in Lima February 14, 2012. The wedding was organized by the local gay community to create a discussion about the illegality of gay marriages in Peru.


Photo Credit: Reuters. Phil Fung (R) and Shawn Klein, life-partners of 18 years, toast with champagne on the observation deck of the Empire State Building after their marriage ceremony on the 61st floor in New York, February, 14, 2012. Lucky couples have been married each year on Valentine Day's on the top of the Empire State Building for nearly two decades but this year for the first time two same sex couples said I do at the iconic New York landmark. The sky-high nuptials on Tuesday followed the legalization of gay marriage in June when Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the law making New York the sixth, and most populous U.S. state, to approve gays and lesbians to wed.


Photo Credit: Reuters. A gay couple kisses after getting married during a symbolic group wedding on Valentine's Day in Lima February 14, 2012. The wedding was organized by the local gay community to create a discussion about the illegality of gay marriages in Peru.


Photo Credit: Reuters. A gay couple poses next to a cake before a symbolic group wedding on Valentine's Day in Lima February 14, 2012. The wedding was organized by the local gay community to create a discussion about the illegality of gay marriages in Peru.


Photo Credit: Reuters. Same-sex couple Lori Campbell (C) and Maja Roble enter the East Los Angeles County Recorder's Office with Attorney Gloria Allred (L) to apply for a marriage license on Valentine's Day during a news event for National Freedom to Marry Week in Los Angeles, California February 14, 2012. Same-sex marriage has not been restored in California though earlier this month the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit declared California's ban on same-sex marriage, known as Proposition 8, unconstitutional. A 2008 California Supreme Court decision allowed same-sex couples to marry until Proposition 8 was passed.


Photo Credit: Reuters. Same-sex female and male wedding cake toppers are seen outside the East Los Angeles County Recorder's Office on Valentine's Day during a news event for National Freedom to Marry Week in Los Angeles, California February 14, 2012. Same-sex marriage has not been restored in California though earlier this month the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit declared California's ban on same-sex marriage, known as Proposition 8, unconstitutional. A 2008 California Supreme Court decision allowed same-sex couples to marry until Proposition 8 was passed.


Photo Credit: Reuters. Cake decorations are seen on a cake during a symbolic group wedding on Valentine's Day in Lima February 14, 2012. The wedding was organized by the local gay community to create a discussion about the illegality of gay marriages in Peru.

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