New York City Councilman Jimmy Van
Bramer married his longtime partner Dan Hendrick on Saturday.
Van Bramer, 42, and Hendrick, 41, who
have been together for more than 13 years, held a rooftop ceremony in
Van Bramer's Long Island City district.
“We are overjoyed that so many family
and friends witnessed our wedding Saturday night,” Van Bramer said
in a statement. “For over 13 years we have been in a committed and
loving relationship, yet before marriage equality passed last year,
we were denied the right marry one another. At this time, we are
grateful for our loving families, friends, and the numerous
neighbors, constituents and even complete strangers who wished us
well on our union. Our happiness at having fulfilled our dream of
getting married knows no bounds. We are grateful to live in a State
and City that recognize that we are equal and should not be
discriminated against. And we'll redouble our efforts to make sure
that all Americans can get married to the one they love.”
Van Bramer is the second member of the
City Council to marry a same-sex partner. Speaker
Christine Quinn married her wife Kim Catullo in May.
Hendrick proposed marriage to Van
Bramer last November in a restaurant.
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