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- March 15, 2004
- Vol. 61
- No. 10
I Do, I Defiantly Do
Rosie O'Donnell Stands Up for Gay Marriage with Her Own San Francisco Nuptials
And so she did. Shortly after 1 p.m., city treasurer Susan Leal pronounced Rosie, 41, and Kelli, 36, "spouse and spouse," using words the couple chose. "I had tears when I saw tears well up in their eyes," Leal recalls. "Even though Rosie is a comedian, there were no jokes; she was serious." In fact she was making a political statement: That morning she told Good Morning America that her wedding was a protest against President Bush's "hateful" proposal to seek a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages, including the more than 3,300 performed in San Francisco since Mayor Gavin Newsom gave the green light Feb. 12.
After their nuptials Rosie introduced Kelli to reporters on the steps of City Hall as "my brand-new wife." Then the newlyweds hopped a flight back to New York—and reality. "With four kids under 8," deadpanned Rosie, "there will be no honeymoon."
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