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Gay Wedding Delayed by Sandy After 3,000 Miles

October 30, 2012

Gay Lovers’ Wait to Wed Delayed by Sandy After 3,000-Mile Trip

A man uses a chainsaw to cut through a downed tree in Central Park on Oct. 30. Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg

For Gabrielle Mecham and Ashley Saverino, Hurricane Sandy meant the delay of a wedding that was impossible in their home state.

The women had planned to be married in New York’s Central Park after flying from California, where voters had halted court-sanctioned gay unions. Saverino’s sister was even ordained, which would allow her to preside over the ceremony. The storm meant they were unable to get the required paperwork in New York.

“We traveled 3,000 miles just to participate in that type of matrimony and it’s just been kind of deflected,” Mecham, 27, said today. “We’re hoping that the courthouse will open up tomorrow,” the day they’re scheduled to return.

The couple said they underestimated the strength of the storm, which they knew about before leaving San Diego. Sandy flooded tunnels of the subway system, shut government offices and left more than 750,000 customers in New York without power.

“We thought everything would be settled by Monday but it just got worse and worse,” said Mecham, a student at San Diego State University, while standing outside a Duane Reade store in Manhattan where Saverino was buying socks.

“My feet are soaked through,” Saverino, 28, a massage therapist, said. “When you’re from California you don’t have really good footwear.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Susanna Pak in New York at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Kraut at

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