NYT 's Big Gay Celebration

More than 300 same-sex wedding or commitment announcements have appeared in The New York Times in the past seven years -- now many of the featured couples are coming together to commemorate Stonewall.

BY Charles Kaiser

June 02 2009 12:00 AM ET

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"We spoke there and
became friends with them, and we explained that we wanted to
have a child, and we wanted that child to have the benefit of
knowing who the biological link was," Salzer says. "So at
some point in our friendship they offered to be donors to us,
and they're both dads to our Piper. And we're pursuing having
another child. As far as Piper is concerned, she has two moms
and two dads, and she knows their extended families. She has
seven grandparents, and I can travel across the country to see
relatives I don't even know -- and there's my daughter on their
fridge!"

Andrew Lippa and David
Bloch got married in California last summer, during that narrow
window when same-sex marriage was legal there.

"It was important to
me because it felt like an opportunity to so something as
simple and as beautiful as announcing your wedding like
straight people have been able to do for centuries," says
Lippa, a composer. "For gay people it's a big statement. But
[in a way] it was the opposite -- it was two people who love
each other being supported by our community -- and the
Times

is our community newspaper. I think collectively we got 250
e-mails" after
the announcement

appeared.

Initially, David was
less enthusiastic about the announcement than Andrew.

"It was important to
Andrew," David says.

But then they both
consented to
a video, which the
Times

posted on its website, using a song Andrew had written as the
soundtrack.

"David appeared like
from around the corner, and it was like music and angels and
harps and singing and glitter," Andrew gushes on camera.
"It really was!"

Then he adds, "I'm a
little grand. Andrew is a little shy."

Back in the 1970s and
'80s, when Abe Rosenthal was its top editor and Arthur
"Punch" Sulzberger was its publisher, the
Times

was considered by many to be one of the most homophobic
institutions in America.

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