You Have 2 Hours To Build A Chapel And Marry 24 Same-Sex Couples. Who You Gonna Call?

When New York legalized same-sex marriage in 2011, a small army of volunteers and city employees got together to plan, prepare, and even pay for 24 weddings in Central Park — in a single day. Watch the whole thing unfold in this video, from building "chapels" from the ground up to many, many happy couples finally saying "I do!" I was one of those volunteers, and I still get happy chills when I remember it. I hope you enjoy this as much as I loved being part of it!

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Minister 1: . . . to celebrate a very, very special union.

Minister 2: And now, by the authority vested in me, in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, I now pronounce you married.

Person: Respect!

Minister 3: You may kiss.

Minister 4: . . . and the State of New York, it is my pleasure to pronounce you husband and husband. You may seal your marriage with a kiss.

Bride: Crazy awesome.

Minister 5: . . . I now pronounce you married.

Crowd: Mazel tov!

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Video by Pop Up Chapel videographer Gustavo Campos. You can find more video and photos at!


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