Village of Croton-on-Hudson E-Notice
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
For immediate release
Croton hosts same sex marriage ceremonies for out-of-state couples
[Croton-on-Hudson, NY] Croton’s Mayor Leo Wiegman performed two separate marriage ceremonies over the past weekend, both for out-of-state couples with long-standing Croton connections.
“In a typical year, I will perform one or maybe two ceremonies all year,” noted Wiegman, “But since the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA, both couples came forward through their local families to get married here in New York, when it is not yet legal in their home state.”
The first couple to inquire, Marvin Perton (82) and Edward Cook (85), met over fifty years ago, when both worked in New York City, the former as a travel writer and the latter as a university professor. Since retiring, they now live in Florida, but have been to visit their niece Lynn Perton and her husband, Kerry Pisano, of Observatory Drive many times over the years.
The ceremony took place at their Observatory Drive home at noon on Saturday, August 3, 2013. Family members and guests travelled from as far away as Florida and California.
"After a 50 year courtship–probably the longest engagement in history–it's~about time,” stated Marvin Perton, “We're finally tying the knot.”
“We wish the other couple much happiness,” concluded Perton.
“We would not have missed this for the world!” explained a delighted Dean Perton of Los Angeles, Marvin’s nephew.
At the time, the Perton-Cook ceremony would have been the first same sex marriage performed by Mayor Wiegman. But a few days after scheduling the event, the phone rang again. This time, a couple from Louisville, Kentucky, was calling, Scott Goldberg (52) and Ralph (Thom) Brawner (45).
Goldberg, a Department of Justice attorney, and Brawner, a bath and kitchen designer, have visited Croton many times. As Scott’s brother and Croton resident Peter Goldberg stated, “We’ve flown them in many times to watch the kids over the years. They know Croton well.”
The Goldberg-Brawner ceremony took place at the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building at 4 pm on Friday, August 2, 2013, surrounded by their local family members.
“Thom and I have been together for 21 years and have finally decided to tie the knot,” explained Scott Goldberg.
“I can’t imagine waiting 21 years as Scott and Thom had to or even over 50 years as Marvin and Ed did,” noted Wiegman, “I was honored to be a small part of two such happy occasions for two local families that just got a little bit bigger—officially.”
Couple wishing to be married in a civil ceremony must obtain a marriage license from the Town of Cortlandt or other towns or cities in the county and should schedule the ceremony, preferably with a few weeks notice, by calling the Mayor’s office at 914-271-4781 and speak to the Village Clerk, Paula DiSanto. The ceremony must take place at least 24 hours after the issuance of the marriage license, which the couple is responsible for bringing to the ceremony for witnesses and the officiator to sign and date.
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Marvin Perton, 82, (l) and Edward Cook, 85, (r ) of Aventura FL celebrate after their exchange of vows in the home of Lynn Perton and Kerry Pisano of Croton, August 3, 2013.
The Perton-Cook wedding celebration continues at Ocean House Restaurant following the noon ceremony, August 3, 2013.
Scott Goldberg, 52, (l) and Thom Brawner, 45, (r ), of Louisville KY celebrate at the Hudson waterfront after their exchange of vows at Croton’s Municipal Building, August 2, 2013.