First Openly Gay NY State Assembly Member Got Married


Photo: Via Albany Times Union

After 31 years together, New York State Assembly member Daniel O'Donnell and his partner, John Banta, married on Sunday in Manhattan. As the Assembly's first openly gay member, O'Donnell was the legislative sponsor for the Marriage Equality Act, which became law in New York last June—just moments before O'Donnell and Banta got engaged.

The couple hosted their restaurant wedding at Upper East Side landmark Guastavino's, where former chief justice of the state Court of Appeals, Judith Kaye, officiated before a group of 400 friends and family—one family member in particular being O'Donnell's sister, Rosie O'Donnell. (Read about Rosie's own marriage plans here.) The celebration continued with a night of dancing at a disco-themed party.

See the latest same-sex marriage news breaking from Washington State here.

—Phillip B. Crook

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