GREENBURGH, NY - Claudia Glaser's wedding took place in Toronto. Twenty people from five states flew and drove to attend the ceremony between Greenburgh residents Glaser and her wife Carolina Cordero-Dyer in August 2005.
"We wanted to have that opportunity to solidify ourselves as a family," said Glaser. "It was what we wanted it to be. It was not about the pomp and circumstance. It really was about creating the opportunity to have a ceremony that sanctified who we were for each other and also what we were creating with our children."
At the time of their marriage, Glaser and Cordero-Dyer were glad that New York recognized their unification, considering that many states would not. As legalization for same-sex marriage passed last week, they are happy for other couples who can now wed in their own state.
"We're excited that anyone who wants to marry now has the opportunity to freely do that in New York State," said Glaser. "That's really what the fight is all about. Because New York tends to be decently progressive we knew that, at some point, they would catch up with the idea."
While it's hard for residents to expand their comfort zone, said Hartsdale's Janine Mayhew, they should get to know people outside of their own world.
"All prejudice is fear and ignorance," she said. "It's a basic equality thing. Whether you agree or disagree with the lifestyle, it has nothing to do with whether a person should have the legal right to be with their partner when, for example, their partner is dying in the hospital."
As the culture is evolving, Mayhew said that she hopes that there is no chance for a repeal, similar to the talks of a Roe vs. Wade repeal.
"I don't care where you came from," said Glaser. "At the end of the day, this is about human beings having the right to be human beings with no discrimination."
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