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Council speaker Christine Quinn weds same-sex partner Kim Catullo


Last Updated: 9:50 PM, May 19, 2012

Posted: 7:09 PM, May 19, 2012

Christine Quinn and Kim Catullo exchange rings as Judge Judith Kaye marries the happy couple tonight.

For just one day, Christine Quinn wasn’t the speaker — she was the bride.

Quinn tied the knot with her longtime partner Kim Catullo just after 7 p.m. tonight in a lavish, private affair just 10 days after President Obama announced his support for gay marriage. It was the city’s highest-profile same-sex nuptials since they were legalized here last year.

The speaker, 45, a likely candidate in next year’s mayoral race, wed corporate lawyer Catullo, 45, in Chelsea before a megawatt gallery of political superstars, ranging from Mayor Bloomberg to Gov. Cuomo.

Quinn walked down the aisle in a cream-colored gown designed by New York-based Carolina Herrera, with a one-of-a-kind decorative hair comb by Lulu Frost fashioned out of family heirlooms. Catullo wore a silk suit designed by Bronx native Ralph Lauren.

Both women, whose mothers died of cancer when they were teenagers, were walked down the aisle by their tough-as-nails, blue-collar fathers, both World War II veterans, Lawrence Quinn, 85, and Anthony Catullo, 86.

Catullo strode in to Bruce Springsteen’s “If I Should Fall Behind” followed by Quinn, who entered to Beyoncé’s version of “Ave Maria.”

The bridal party walked in to a mix version of “Over the Rainbow”/“What a Wonderful World” by the late Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.

Before 275 guests that included senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, at least 10 City Council members, family and friends from college, Catullo’s law firm and the Jersey Shore, the couple exchanged platinum wedding bands and eternity bands from Doyle & Doyle.

Former state Appellate Court Chief Judge Judith Kaye officiated the ceremony in the High Line Stages on West 15th Street, a former carriage house owned by the Astor Family.

An Irish Trio played as guests of the “Spring in New York”-themed affair and entered the room decorated with wildflowers that adorn High Line park and cherry blossoms — a reference to the New Jersey park where Catullo’s father proposed to her mother.


Bride Christine Quinn is walked down the aisle by her father, Lawrence Quinn as the crowd — which included Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right — applaud.

After the ceremony guests were expected to be treated to a video called “When Chris Met Kim,” in which the couple talk about their shared history and relationship.

Guests will then dine on a five-tiered cake created by Catullo’s college roommate, New Jersey baker Lisa Porada, with featuring layers of chocolate chips, chocolate custard and chocolate butter cream — the couple’s favorites.

Tony-winning actress Audra McDonald will sing Gershwin’s “She Loves,” and the couple’s goddaughter, Olivia Rose Porada, is expected to serenade guests with Sondheim’s “One Hand, One Heart.”

The decor includes three large photos of iconic New York sites, each deeply meaningful to the couple — Washington Square Park, the Empire State Building and the main branch of the the New York Public Library.

There is also the full-size vintage New York City subway map, which had been featured on the couple’s wedding invitation.

Each table is named for a favorite New York City neighborhood.  

No press were invited, and last week Quinn barred gifts from lobbyists and suggested guests give a donation to a favorite women’s cancer charity.

Guests began lining up on West 15th Street to enter the wedding around 4:30, and security was tight, with beefy security guards standing watch.

“It’s just a wonderful day, a happy day,” said a beaming Schumer as he walked in with his wife.

The pair met just four days after 9/11 at the now-shuttered Food Bar when they were introduced by friends, including Quinn pal and lobbyist Emily Giske.

Quinn’s engagement ring — Catullo’s late mother’s — was reset with sapphires, the stone of September, which represents the month the pair met.

Catullo gave the ring to Quinn after the couple announced their engagement last June, following the legalization of gay marriage in New York state.

“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776

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How cute


I wonder how many divorce attorneys have them on their speed dials?  They will get divorced, in about 5 years, and it's gonna be ugly.

I won't vote for Clinton, but I cannot vote for Trump.  How could I explain to my daughter why I supported a man who sees her as nothing more than a piece of meat, a piece of a$$ for him to grope for his own private pleasure.

"Trump supporter" - the very definition of an SFI

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They can call it whatever they like, but it's not marriage.
“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual – or at least that he ought not so to do; but rather he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” Samuel Adams, April 16, 1781.

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