Spotlight on Couples Getting Married in New York

Let us know if you would like to discuss the importance of marriage equality in New York with the following couples.

To book any of these couples, please contact:
Justin Ward
Media Field Strategist
(917) 727-4585
ward@glaad.org
Seth Adam
Communications & Publications Manager
(661) 803-4465
adam@glaad.org
Tiffany Peckosh & Meredith Soffrin
Tiffany, 31, and Meredith, 30, have been together for four years. Last year, over lunch at their favorite taco shop, they promised to spend the rest of their lives with each other. They live in Brooklyn and were married at the New York City municipal building on July 24, 2011. They will also host a celebration in Washington, D.C., on October 15, 2011.
Alan Miles & Drew Glick
After 16 years together, Alan and Drew were married on July 24, 2011, in a ceremony at Manhattan’s municipal building, and plan to have a larger, more formal celebration in the fall. Alan proposed to Drew after marriage equality became law in Massachusetts, but they decided to wait until they could marry in New York. They live in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan and are both 45 years old
Carmen Hernandez & Doris De Armas
Carmen, 48, and Doris, 50, have been together for over two years. They live in the Bronx and were married on July 24, 2011. Doris has four children, including an 11-year-old whom she and Carmen are raising together. Carmen is a United Methodist Church youth community pastor.
Stephen Williams & Joey Pressley
Stephen, 49, and Joey, 47, live in Brooklyn and have been together for 20 years. They plan to marry on Friday, July 29, 2011. Stephen and Joey both feel that marriage is important to them in order to attain the same recognition and protections as straight couples.
Sarah Kate Ellis & Kristen Henderson
Sarah and Kristen fell in love instantly after being introduced by mutual friends, and have been together for six years. Sarah is 39, and Kristen is 40, and both women identify as Roman Catholic. They have two 2 1/2 year-old children —a boy, Thomas, and a girl, Kate (with whom they were both pregnant at the same time). Sarah and Kristen will be married on October 22, 2011, in their hometown on Long Island.

Let us know if you would like to discuss the importance of
marriage equality in New York with the following faith leaders.

To book any of these faith leaders, please contact:
Justin Ward
Media Field Strategist
(917) 727-4585
ward@glaad.org
Seth Adam
Communications & Publications Manager
(661) 803-4465
adam@glaad.org
Elder Tony De La Rosa
Tony De La Rosa is the Interim Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of New York City. De La Rosa is the first and only openly gay Executive Presbyter within the Presbyterian Church (USA
The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones
The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones is the 16th president of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. She is the first woman to head the 174-year-old nondenominational seminary. She holds degrees from Yale Divinity School and Yale University and is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ.
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.
Jacqui Lewis is Senior Minister of Middle Church and Executive Director of The Middle Project, a not for profit institute that trains progressive ethical leaders for a just society. Jacqui was present at the NYC municipal building to officiate marriages for couples on July 24.
Rabbi Steve Greenberg
Rabbi Steve Greenberg has become a popular author and speaker on issues of faith and sexuality. Rabbi Greenberg also helped organize the first Orthodox Mental Health Conference on LGBT issues, and has worked with numerous families in reconciliation.
The Rev. Dr. William Heisley
The Rev. Dr. William A. Heisley is the pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Pastor Heisley sits on the board of Lutheran Ministries in Higher Education, the Metropolitan New York Synod (ELCA) Committee that oversees and supports college ministries across the city.
Pastor Joseph Tolton
Joseph Tolton is Pastor of Rehoboth Temple Christ Conscious Church, in the Pentecostal Apostolic tradition. Tolton also serves as director of the REVIVAL Initiative and convener of the LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent
The Rev. Heidi Neumark
Since 2003, Rev. Neumark has served Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan. Trinity is a bilingual congregation, worshiping in Spanish and English. The congregation founded and runs Trinity Place Shelter, a homeless shelter that serves LGBT youth.

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Richard Ferraro
Director of Communications
(646) 871-8011
ferraro@glaad.org

Sharda Sekaran
Director of News & Field Media
(646) 871-8019
sekaran@glaad.org

Aaron McQuade
Deputy Director of News & Field Media
(646) 871-8026
mcquade@glaad.org

 

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GLAAD Working on the Ground for Marriage Equality in New York - July 24, 2011

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