At least two couples with Utah ties are among the 823 couples expected to tie the knot in New York City on Sunday, the first day that same-sex marriage is legal in the Empire State.
Former Utah Sen. Scott McCoy plans to marry his partner of 13 years, Mark Barr. The couple moved to New York in June. McCoy, a Democrat, was the first openly gay person to serve in the Utah Senate. Salt Lake City residents Jerry Rapier and Kirt Bateman, who are frequent travelers to New York to attend the theater, also signed up to be married. Rapier is producing director of Plan-B Theatre, and Bateman is executive director of the Davis Arts Council.
"We want to have the same legal protections that everybody else has," McCoy said.