In Albany, “City Hall was a hub of celebration”

Tim wrote about the marriages in Niagara Falls below. Albany also had midnight mariages:

City Hall was a hub of celebration Sunday morning as gay and lesbian couples from around the Capital Region became among the first in the state to wed under New York’s historic same-sex marriage law.

The Common Council chambers broke into applause when Al Martino and Harold Lohner were married at 12:16 a.m. State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Teresi performed city’s first public ceremony, while Mayor Jerry Jennings performed a private ceremony for another couple in his chambers.

David Janulis and Don Grandchamp of Glenmont were the second couple to marry, completing their vows at 12:23 a.m.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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