Riverhead’s first gay weddings set for tomorrow

07/27/2011 2:19 PM |

Three gay weddings are scheduled for Riverhead Town Hall Thursday, the first day Town Clerk Diane Wilhelm will perform same-sex ceremonies.

A total of eight same-sex couples have filed for a marriage license since they became available in Riverhead Town on Monday — 24 hours after the state’s Marriage Equality Act went into effect in New York State.

The News-Review will be at Town Hall covering those historic ceremonies.

Click to read about one of the first same-sex couples to obtain a license in Riverhead

Applications were available statewide Sunday, July 24, though Riverhead Town Hall is closed on Sundays. Some municipalities opened Sunday to accept applications and were even able to wave the state-mandated 24-hour waiting period, including in neighboring Brookhaven Town.

Wedding ceremonies are usually only performed at Riverhead Town Hall on Thursdays for scheduling reasons, according to Ms. Wilhelm, so tomorrow will be the first day she performs a same-sex wedding.

vchinese@timesreview.com