Gay Marriage

Joshua Cogswell, 35, and his partner Justin Daniel, 32, both of Park Slope, Brooklyn, were among those who took the opportunity to get married on the first day that same sex marriages were legal in the State of New York, July 24th, 2011. They met at a birthday party of a mutual friend, and have been together for ten years. They entered into a civil union in New Jersey in 2007, and took a trip that was akin to a honeymoon. Cogswell’s employer, Viacom, has extended employee benefits, such as health insurance, to Daniel since then. “I think it’s taking advantage of a right that the community was just given and supporting the institution of marriage,” said Josh as he and Justin waited outside the Brooklyn marriage bureau. Justin had trouble removing his ring so that Josh could put it back on for the 10:40 a.m. ceremony. Christine C. Quinn, speaker of the City Council, witnessed the marriage. The couple had not expected the council speaker to attend their wedding, but that having the surprise guest “was awesome.” Following their marriage, Daniel said they would go see the latest Harry Potter film. “We’ve always considered ourselves to be married,” Daniel said.

About mcogswell2

I am a retired minister of the United Church of Canada. I am currently Editor of the Cogswell Courier, the newsletter of the Cogswell Family Association.
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