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Gay Couples Take Part in Empire State Building Valentine Wedding Tradition for First Time


Every eyar on Valentine's Day the Empire State Building hosts a number of weddings. This year gay couples were included for the first time, Reuters reports:

"We just thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to get married on top of the Empire State building, especially since it is the first year that gay marriage is allowed," said Phil Fung, a 49-year-old product manager at a financial services firm who wed his partner Shawn Klein, 51, a hospital administrator.

The couple, who live in New York, met 18 years ago at The Roxy, a famous Manhattan nightclub, and have been together ever since.

"It was love at first sight," said Fung. "We have been talking about getting married now that gay marriage was passed in New York state and friends of ours told us about the contest."

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  1. On a completely shallow note: those guys are 49 and 51? Damn, I hope I look that good when I am their age.

    On a not shallow note, congrats to the two same-sex couples who tied the knot at the Empire State.

    Posted by: KP | Feb 15, 2012 1:07:40 PM

  2. Ditto on both counts KP. :-)

    Posted by: David R. | Feb 15, 2012 1:22:57 PM

  3. I thought the same thing too.

    Also, I just decided that if my partner and I get married (big if, cuz I'm in Texas), we won't be doing the matchy thing.

    Posted by: kirkyo | Feb 15, 2012 1:48:44 PM

  4. You silly monkey.

    It says, "Every eyar" and I was trying to figure out what a eyar is.

    Posted by: Silly monkey! | Feb 15, 2012 2:04:09 PM

  5. think I found the place to pop the question to my hubby.

    Posted by: Akula | Feb 15, 2012 2:06:46 PM

  6. They're FIFTY?! WHAAAAAT

    Posted by: Robert | Feb 15, 2012 8:40:26 PM

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