NYT 's Big Gay Celebration
BY Charles Kaiser
June 02 2009 12:00 AM ET
"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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