New York-based homos Dan Pinello, 58, and Lee Nissensohn, 50 have some balls. Knowing full well that the Empire State doesn’t grant gay marriage licenses, the boys, 58 and 50, respectively, marched down to the Oyster Bay clerk’s office yesterday and asked for the ceremonial form.
Employees denied them the papers, of course, although voiced their support. Said one public servant: “We’re not trying to make statements here, we’re trying to do our jobs.”
Pinello and Nissensohn were, of course, making a statement, and had sent out hundreds of letters drumming up support.
The goal of the couple’s “act of civil disobedience” – as they called it – was to persuade Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset) to pressure State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno (R-Brunswick) to take a bill that would allow same-sex marriage to the Senate floor for a vote.
A Marcellino spokeswoman has said the senator supports state law, which says marriage is between a man and a woman. Bruno has said he is against the bill.
Unfortunately for the couple, who have been together thirteen years, they got no sympathy from cops, who gave them tickets for trespassing after they refused to leave the office at closing time.
Now, obviously the boys knew they wouldn’t get their way, thus giving this event the appearance of a “stunt,” which it was. Interestingly enough, however, nearly 80% of Newsday readers describe this showdown as a necessary step toward positive legal change. That lack of cynicism is refreshing, no?