Coronavirus didn’t stop these gay NYC couples from tying the knot

At least three same-sex couples tied the knot this past week in New York City, the center of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S.

3/26/2020

Coronavirus didn't stop these same-sex NYC couples from tying the knot: “It’s not about your guests in the end or whether the table linens are the right color,' one of the newlyweds tells NBC News. “It’s about your union with your partner.” - NBCOUT

At least three same-sex couples tied the knot this past week in New York City, the center of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S.

Terms of Service Fishman and Shirk, both 29, proposed to each other in 2018 after meeting through the dating app Hinge four years earlier. They got married on Saturday in their apartment, with only the officiant and a couple of close friends present. Their relatives were able to join in via a Zoom video call. “We didn’t exchange vows; we’re going to wait to do that when we’re with friends and family, but it was a legal wedding,” Fishman said. “With everything going on right now with the pandemic, we felt it was vital for us to get married for an extra level of safety and comfort, and it provided some joy for what have been some really difficult days.” Fishman and Shirk are among a number of gay couples in New York City who haven’t let the coronavirus stop them from tying the knot . Mitch Case and Brian Brown are one of several New York City couples who got married in their apartment during the coronavirus outbreak. Courtesy of Mitch Case Brian Brown and Mitch Case, who met as college students, have been dating for more than 10 years and got engaged last July. Unlike Fishman and Shirk, however, they did not have a date to get married. They were waiting until Brown finished graduate school in spring 2022. Instead — motivated by the uncertainty sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic — they were married by a co-worker in their studio apartment on the Upper East Side on Saturday and took a walk outside together as newlyweds for their honeymoon. “It wasn’t how we envisioned, but it still felt special,” Case, 30, told NBC News. “It was still our day to celebrate us being together and our partnership.” Mitch Case and Brian Brown hung a sign announcing their marriage on the fire escape of their apartment. Courtesy of Mitch Case Why the rush to move their wedding date up several years in advance? Case, who works at an arts nonprofit, said they partly came to the decision to ensure that he would have health insurance during the coronavirus outbreak should he lose his job. “Like everyone, we’re concerned about the economy and long-term job stability,” Case said. “As a graduate student, Brian has health insurance that would cover me as his spouse. Of course, it’s not the only reason, but getting married gives us a layer of protection.” Matt Wilson, left, officiates Reilly Jenning's and Amanda Wheeler's wedding from his fourth floor apartment window in New York. stephsine via Instagram another queer couple that got married recently. They had planned to have their ceremony in October, but instead tied the knot last Friday as their friend officiated from his fourth-floor apartment window in the Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights. The ceremony wasn’t exactly what they had expected either, mainly because thousands of people across the world celebrated with them when a video of their ceremony became popular online. “The coronavirus outbreak is definitely a test of all relationships: how you turn to each other during stressful times and rely on each other to get you through,” Brown said. “But it has the potential to make us stronger partners and reprioritize and remember how much we care about each other. We’re in this together.” While these couples were able to have their special day, they may be the last ones to get married for a while: The New York City Marriage Bureau is now closed until further notice to “take necessary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.” Follow Read more: NBC News

NBCOUT Always entertaining to hear the irrational responses from the uneducated God Squad. NBCOUT Well uh that’s weird nobody gives a fuck NBCOUT congrats and best wishes!! NBCOUT Who gives a shit? NBCOUT Fueling God's anger! NBCOUT Why does your story specify GAY couples? Just say 'couples'! C'mon NBC... this is 2020.

NBCOUT Yes the world is fine as long as you idiots are still virtue signaling about an issue accepted be 95% of Americans decades ago. But you still pretend it’s not😂😂 EnemiesOfThePeople NBCOUT Just make sure no “Rim Jobs” NBCOUT Fixed it for you!!! Coronavirus didn't stop these NYC couples from tying the knot: “It’s not about your guests in the end or whether the table linens are the right color,' one of the newlyweds tells NBC News. “It’s about your union with your partner.” - NBCOUT

NBCOUT Why cant they just be couples? NBCOUT I hope Corona gets them

Hundreds flood NYC hospital ICU and ERs as global coronavirus cases top 466,000As of Wednesday, more than 466,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported, resulting in at least 21,000 deaths. I’ll drink to that! cubalibre Capitalism will be always the king...👍👏👌💪🗽

NBCOUT NBCOUT Y these stupids don’t understand corona came because of this bullshit.wat they r doing is against nature Nd divine rule. NBCOUT Highly responsable behaviour NBCOUT Thunder go fire them 🔥 NBCOUT Do you think we will ever get to a point in our society where we just call them a couple? 🙄

NBCOUT this is EXACTLY the news we all need right now God bless you, NBCOUT How is this news? Report something that matters! Right now weddings don't matter.

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Coronavirus live updates: NYC hospitals nearly 'maxed out,' Prince Charles tests positivePresident Trump says he wants the country to reopen by Easter, which is about 2½ weeks away. But for a place like New York City, peak coronavirus hospitalization could still be 5-6 weeks away, Dr. Scott Gottlieb says. dennyboy888 Atlanta and Detroit ICU's are at full capacity USA has the steepest curve. Reopening would be genocide

White House coronavirus taskforce advises people who’ve left NYC to quarantine for 14 daysThe top response coordinator for the White House’s coronavirus task force, Dr. Deborah Birx, warned people who have been in the New York City metropolitan area to self-quarantine for the next two weeks if they've left town as the contagion continues to spread within the nation’s largest city. As well U at Fox should stop encouraging Trump that this will be over in a couple weeks! That is woefully incorrect & dangerous stop supporting him in that he is not a virologist we cannot have medical &electricians & h2o workers go down en mass due to your egos!CoronavirusUSA self-quarantine for 14 days.👍

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Coronavirus: Crime rates in NYC and LA drop as more people stay inside - Business InsiderThe number of serious felonies and arrests has reportedly gone down in NYC and LA as city streets empty out and more people stay inside.



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