Openly gay Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell, who introduced five bills to legalize same sex marriage over the past four years, is marrying his partner of more than three decades now that the state passed the marriage equality law in June.
Assemblyman O’Donnell announced his impending nuptials on former Governor David Paterson’s talk radio show yesterday. “I’m here on your radio show today to announce that I’m getting married. John and I have decided to get married, we’ve been together for 31 years and our wedding will be on January 29th at Guastavino’s on the East Side of Manhattan, which is a beautiful, beautiful locale,” said Assemblyman O’Donnell.Invitations have been mailed out and the guest list for Assemblyman O’Donnell’s wedding sounds like it’s set to include a who’s who of Albany politics. Assemblyman O’Donnell told Governor Paterson that he was going to be invited along with several Albany lawmakers.
“It’s going to be a large wedding. I made the commitment to a variety of my colleagues who were willing to take the political courage to vote ‘Yes,’ sometimes under difficult political circumstances, that–when I got there, that I would welcome them to the party,” Assemblyman O’Donnell said. “Governor [Paterson], you of course, and the current governor, Governor Cuomo, and the Lieutenant Governor are all included on the guest list. It’s going to be a large party.”
Assemblyman O’Donnell said he and his intended planned to celebrate their union and New York’s legalization of same sex marriage.
“What has happened in the six months since it’s been enacted in New York? The sky hasn’t fallen,” said Assemblyman O’Donnell. “We’re going to celebrate our relationship, we’re going to celebrate the right of gays and lesbian couples to get married.”