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.