Early this year, New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans for the construction of the nation's biggest convention center (plus casino/hotel) in the New York City borough of Queens. With a planned 3.8 million square feet of exhibition space, the center has been billed as a way to make New York a raging hub of convention tourism and help it grab a larger slice of the $907 billion American-meetings-industry pie. It seems like a no-brainer. And it may well be—pejoratively speaking.
It was no Westminster Abbey, but for more than 20 gay couples, the pair of makeshift chapels that rose in Central Park on Saturday was something much better: a monument to how far the gay-rights movement has come.