Two Republican Assembly members from northern New York celebrated same-sex weddings over the weekend.
The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports that Glenn Sayward, son of Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, married his longtime partner, Ben, in a ceremony Saturday evening at their Willsboro, N.Y., home.
According to Teresa Sayward, the affair was a small "recommitment" ceremony, as the couple had celebrated their union in a non-legally recognized ceremony seven years ago.
"In fact, that's what the invitations that he sent out said. It didn't say, 'You're invited to a wedding,'" Sayward told the Enterprise. "It simply said, 'Making it legal.'"
The wedding was attended by Sayward's fellow assemblywoman Janet Duprey, whose own niece and her partner of more than 14 years made their union legal the following day at a ceremony in Peru.
Though Duprey opposed marriage equality in 2006, she changed her stance in 2009. "I truly came to the realization that it's a civil rights issue, and all people should be truly treated equally under the law," said Duprey. "The absolute turning point for me was the parents who said to me they wanted all their children to be treated the same."