Quinn disagrees: “There’s really not a political implication to this for me as it relates to electoral politics. We’re trying to make it really a day, a night that’s about friends and family and us.”
But, nost observers of the New York political scene say the wedding could benefit Quinn, as it would give her an early chance to share her story with voters and to underline the historic nature of her candidacy: if elected she would be the first woman, and the first openly gay person, to lead the nation’s largest city. But Quinn also has to be cautious about not appearing to use a personal moment for political gain.
During the fight to legalize marriage equality in New York, Quinn repeatedly talked about her relationship with Catullo as an example of what was at stake: they wanted to be able to get married, Quinn would say, while their fathers were still alive and could attend the wedding.
And they will. When Christine and Kim walk down the aisle they will be accompanied by their fathers, Larry Quinn and Anthony Catullo.
When marriage equality passed last year, Christine Quinn wept as she said how excited she would be to go to a family gathering the next day and, for the first time, discuss her own wedding plans, including what dress Kim Catullo’s grandniece might wear as a flower girl.
“I really can’t really describe what this feels like,but it is one of the best feelings I have ever had in my life.”--Christine Quinn
Best wishes to the happy couple. And, I for one, hope, someday, that every gay and lesbian couple that chooses to do so, will experience the joy of marriage.
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Anthony Catullo, Kim Catullo, Larry Quinn and Christine Quinn