Gay Marriage | After a Battle, a Celebration

One of the last weddings performed at Brookhaven Town Hall, on Long Island, was of Dan Evans, 67, and Jim Kelly (now Kelly-Evans), 62, who divide their time between the Fairmount section of Philadelphia and Cherry Grove, on Fire Island.

Mr. Evans and Mr. Kelly-Evans have been together for 28 years and two months. “There was no engagement, because for us, it was really love at first sight,” Mr. Kelly-Evans said. He moved into Mr. Evans’s home in Philadelphia eight months after they met at a housewarming party in 1983.

Mr. Kelly-Evans said that while he’s always considered himself married, he wanted to make it official on the first day possible for two reasons: one personal, the other to make a broader statement. “We are still in a war,” Mr. Kelly-Evans said. “We lost a major battle in California. In New York, we didn’t. It’s important when you win a battle to celebrate.”

Then there was the cause for his own celebration: “Why not do this to feel great about having a 28-year relationship?”

Mr. Evans, a portrait and landscape painter whose work has appeared in galleries in New York, Philadelphia and Cherry Grove, teaches art history at Philadelphia Community College. Mr. Kelly-Evans describes himself as a retired hardhat worker who is also a political scientist. He used to work in a Gulf refinery in Pennsylvania, he said.

During the six months the couple stay at their home in Cherry Grove, they both contribute to Fire Island Tide, a biweekly news publication. Mr. Kelly-Evans is a photographer for the paper, while Mr. Evans is its art and dance critic.

For their wedding day, the couple both wore off-white shirts with beige pants and dark tan shoes. They also wore blue banners with white lettering reading, “Just Married,” which had been distributed at the town offices by the Empire State Pride Agenda.

Mr. Evans read his vows with purpose and thoughtful pacing. Mr. Kelly-Evans had a youthful energy when looking into Mr. Evans’s eyes.

Two old friends, Juan Punchin and Michael Peskoff, served as ring bearers. One witness, Louise Simons, a retired English professor who lives in Philadelphia, read Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116:

“Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.”

Newly wed, the couple boarded a ferry and headed back to their home in Cherry Grove, where they had reception and cut a cake for their guests.

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Dual Life of Singer-Songwriter and Brearley Senior

For Sarah Solovay, a New York City-based singer and songwriter who opened for John Mayer this spring, summers are particularly sweet. Ms. Solovay spends her days recording music and her nights performing on the Lower East Side or working on new music.

And she doesn’t have to worry about physics tests or the pesky paper she needs to write about “King Lear.”

Paradise won’t last long, though. Come September, Ms. Solovay will be back at Brearley, the uber-academic girls’ school on the Upper East Side, figuring out where to apply to college and struggling to carve out time to do what she loves most: write and perform her own music. Ms. Solovay is 17.

Her music, however, sounds older. She composes and sings soulful songs about love and loss, bad breakups and jealous lovers, channeling the raw emotion of adolescence into catchy and thoughtful lyrics. Her voice has the twinges of gentle pop female vocalists like Regina Spektor and, occasionally, the guts of a Christina Aguilera.

Ms. Solovay’s music mostly pops with twinges — and a wardrobe — that point more to indie rock. Her songs all start with acoustic guitar.

This summer, Ms. Solovay has been recording an album, her second, which includes songs like “Superhuman” and “A Little in Love.” The former is about watching an ex-partner whom you are still in love with marry the wrong person.

(Asked if the lyrics were personal, she said: “Oh no! I’ve never dated anyone old enough for that! Sometimes I like to project feelings onto more extravagant circumstances.”)

The latter she described as her happiest song ever — “and it’s not that happy,” she said — about the vulnerability of falling in love.

A few of Ms. Solovay’s songs have received acclaim. “Hearts Collide” was featured on an episode of “90210’’ in 2010 (and included on the soundtrack), and in 2008 she won the New York Songwriters Circle young songwriter award for “Gone,” a song about feeling left behind. She wrote “Flaws and All” about best friends, which the film producer Joe Dante featured in the film “The Hole.”

But Ms. Solovay said her biggest achievement was opening for Mr. Mayer. Fans voted for her on, and on July 24, 2010, she took the stage in front of 18,000 people in Scranton, Pa.

“It was amazing,” she said, adding that she was “really, really nervous” and that the sweltering heat didn’t help.

Ms. Solovay picked up her first guitar when she was 6 years old. She learned classical music but thought it was awful. She soon got her hands on a rhythm guitar, and by the time she was 9, she had devoted herself to songwriting. Her first song was about the experience of going to the movies with a boy, but being overshadowed by the chaperones.

At 12, Ms. Solovay performed at her first open-mike night, at the Baggot Inn in Greenwich Village. Her mother attends most of her shows; her dad and brother when they can. Of her brother, she said, “I love it when he comes because he knows all of my songs by heart.”

Tall with big brown eyes, long, wavy hair and a collection of clunky silver rings, Ms. Solovay is poised and honest. She doesn’t eat before performing, she doesn’t have a boyfriend, and she can’t stay out late on school nights.

“I have to go to sleep at some reasonable, non-rock-starish hour,” she said, pointing out that her alarm goes off at 6:30 a.m.

Onstage and in interviews, Ms. Solovay combines maturity with refreshingly 17-year-old moments. Her mother recorded her waking up to the news that she would be opening for Mr. Mayer (it’s on YouTube). It was 10:07 a.m., and perhaps because she was tucked in bed, sleeping with the covers under her neck, she looked like a small sleeping child.

When her mother announced, “You are opening for John Mayer,” Ms. Solovay rubbed her eyes, looked confused, squealed and said, “No, I’m not!” and “Stop!”

Her blog entries are bubbly with multiple exclamation points, all caps and smiley faces. When she performs in Brooklyn, she says, she’s embarrassed to admit she lives on the Upper East Side.

Ms. Solovay has talked to at least five major record labels but has yet to sign a deal. “I don’t want to commit to anything I can’t give 100 percent to,” she admits, pointing out that high school is pretty demanding, too. At least two labels offered deals, but she said they were “not major labels, but pretty important,” declining to name them.

There are downsides to being 17 and playing in bars. “The bulk of my friends haven’t seen me play,” she lamented. “I’m a minor.”

When asked how she feels about going back to school, her answer perfectly reflects the dual life of Sarah Solovay. “Part of me will definitely be excited to head back to Brearley, to see my friends, to be a senior,’’ she said. “At the same time, being surrounded by music 24/7 is amazing, and it will be tough to leave that.

“At end of the day, though, I only have one more year of high school,” she added. “I have the rest of my life to write and play music.”

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Gay Marriage | First a Kidney, Now a Husband

For Michael Fury, 62, a husband may be the second most significant addition of the year. He received a new kidney in April, after five years on the transplant list.

Mr. Fury’s partner of 18 years, Bobby Bienvenido, 65, attended nursing school in 2005, hoping to learn how to better take care of him. Though Mr. Fury is still regaining his strength, the men, who live in Windsor Terrace, arrived at Brooklyn’s marriage bureau, at 210 Joralemon Street, at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday.

By 9 a.m., wearing matching white polo shirts and slacks, they had become the first same-sex couple to wed at the Brooklyn Municipal Building.

“Every day above ground is a good day,” Mr. Fury said.

Barbara Pilgrim, 82, and Geraldine Whitsett, 76, were not going to take any chances. After 48 years together, the two reitred social workers from Park Slope arrived at Brooklyn’s marriage bureau before 5:30 a.m.

The block was empty, they said.

Their friend and witness, Barbara Abrams, 67, was the only other person there. “I can’t even have one date and like a person the next day,” Ms. Abrams said. “Forty-eight years is remarkable.” The pair said little, waiting intently near the marriage bureau’s revolving doors through the early morning. As the line swelled behind them, the building was unlocked three hours after the women arrived.

“It’s 8:30,” Ms. Whitsett said, pushing through the door. “It’s time.”

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Gay Marriage | With a Kiss and a Vow, the Day Begins

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — Against a cascade of rainbow-colored falls and with cicadas humming in the background, Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd became one of the first, if not the first, same-sex couples to wed in New York State shortly after midnight on Sunday.

After 12 tolls of a bell to ring in the new day, the mayor of Niagara Falls, Paul A. Dyster, said, “By the power vested in me by the laws of the state of New York, I now pronounce you legally married.” And Ms. Lambert, 54, and Ms. Rudd, 53, kissed in front of more than 100 friends and family members.

It was 12 years to the day after their first date.

Many of the onlookers cheered and cried at the sight of the newlyweds, who had become a local symbol of the civil rights struggle that culminated in the state’s approval of same-sex marriage last month.

Speaking before the ceremony, the two women recognized the symbolism of the moment.

“I may be the first person standing here in history,” Ms. Lambert said, “but I’m just an ordinary grandma.” She added, “This is one of the most incredible moments of my personal life, but it’s also an incredible moment for New York.”

Before the official ceremony, spiritual leaders led an earlier celebration, which included a hand-fasting ceremony to recognize Ms. Lambert’s Irish roots. At a reception before, Lady Gaga blared as friends waved rainbow flags.

Ms. Lambert made her own dress, a studded satin azure number that she finished seven hours before the reception. “I feel like a giant blueberry,” she said as she tried it on. Ms. Rudd wore a white tuxedo, with tennis shoes to match. “Do I look stupid?” she asked.

They were ecstatic the entire evening. “Wow,” Ms. Rudd said. “Wow, wow, wow.”

Ms. Lambert manages an art gallery and is a prominent gay rights advocate in the area. Ms. Rudd works on an assembly line at a pasta factory.

The two met in Arizona while working at a paper goods company and started dating after they discovered their girlfriends were cheating on them — with each other.

They moved to Buffalo in 2004, and they credit their strong bond with helping them through three heart attacks (Ms. Lambert’s) and cervical and thyroid cancer (Ms. Rudd’s). Between the two of them, they have five children from previous marriages and 12 grandchildren, several of whom attended the ceremony. They have been engaged since 2000.

Ms. Lambert and Ms. Rudd have no plans to honeymoon, though a friend booked a hotel room for the night overlooking the falls.

The most tense moment came in the minutes before the wedding, as the two put the final touches on their clothing in the public bathroom near the Top of the Falls restaurant. When Ms. Rudd’s tuxedo jacket got drenched in a pool of water on the counter, Ms. Lambert quickly threw it under a hand dryer.

“The best part of my life with Cheryle is everything has been an adventure,” Ms. Lambert said.

As she prepared to walk to the stage for the spiritual ceremony, Ms. Lambert, crying, looked to the sky and said, “Mom and dad, you got me this far, and now I’m getting married.”

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New York Detective Is Shot and Wounded in Miami Beach

An off-duty New York City detective was hospitalized in Miami Beach early Saturday after he was shot by assailants outside the hotel where he was staying, the authorities said.

The shooting occurred about 7 a.m. in a garden outside of 1233 Lofts, a boutique hotel on Collins Avenue on South Beach, Detective Vivian Hernandez of the Miami Beach Police Department said. She said the detective, a veteran with the rank of first grade, had a confrontation and was shot by several assailants, who fled the scene.

No arrests had been made by Saturday night.

The New York detective, who was not immediately identified, was in Miami Beach on vacation. Detective Hernandez said he was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where doctors operated on him for several hours. He was released from surgery Saturday night, though his condition was not immediately known.

The shooting did not appear to be work-related, Detective Hernandez said, but the precise circumstances behind it remained unclear. She said she could not comment on whether there was surveillance videotape footage of the shooting or the confrontation because the investigation was continuing.

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Marc Jacobs Store in Village Closes After Parts of Ceiling Fall

Though it was scalding hot outdoors and both an air-conditioner and a fan whirred invitingly in the Marc Jacobs women’s shop at Bank and West Fourth Streets in Greenwich Village, inside was the last place several employees wanted to be early Saturday afternoon.

The employees had raced outside in a cloud of dust after parts of the store’s ceiling suddenly crumbled about 1:30 p.m.

Pieces of plaster covered the handbags, scarves and other luxury merchandise. A large light fixture came crashing down with the ceiling, leaving a gaping hole.

No customers were in the store at the time, the employees said, as they stood on the sidewalk, dusting themselves off and peering in through the arched windows at the wreckage. None of the employees were hurt.

“It just started cracking,” one of the employees said of the ceiling. He declined to give his name before being scuttled away by other staff members, who would not comment further.

The company’s press representatives did not respond to e-mails on Saturday.

The shop was shut after the accident. Customers continued to come by the store, only to be baffled by the midday closing, until they saw the debris on the floor.

“I’m shocked, really shocked,” said Sayaka Mochino, 28, who was visiting from Chiba, Japan, when she was told why the shop’s doors were shut. “I want the iPod case, but they’re closed.”

Her friend, Ayako Tani, 27, from Saitama Prefecture, said, “We’re so disappointed.” While there are Marc Jacobs shops in Japan, she said, “it’s so expensive.”

The women were carrying bags filled with purchases from another of the company’s stores a few blocks away. Ms. Mochino said she had intended to spend about $500 in this store. But she shrugged. “It’s fine; it’s just shopping,” she said. “And in New York, there are a lot of shops.”

A woman in a straw fedora later went inside the store and put up a sign saying that the shop was temporarily closed, though the words temporarily and inconvenience were misspelled.

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Justice Department Declines to Reopen Malcolm X Case

The Justice Department has declined a request to reinvestigate the Malcolm X assassination, saying that the statute of limitations has expired on any federal laws that might apply, like the National Firearms Act of 1934, according to a statement released Saturday.

Historians have long viewed the assassination as unsolved, as The Times reported Saturday. Several experts have argued that the Justice Department could take up the case under the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act of 2007, but the department, without elaborating, said the crime did not fit the parameters of that act.

Alvin Sykes, an advocate for justice in civil rights-era cold cases, has suggested that the department has the discretion to investigate even if no prosecution is possible, an authority that has been used in the past to examine the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But Malcolm X, the department said, does not rate similar treatment.

“Although the Justice Department recognizes that the murder of Malcolm X was a tragedy, both for his family and for the community he served, we have determined that at this time, the matter does not implicate federal interests sufficient to necessitate the use of scarce federal investigative resources into a matter for which there can be no federal criminal prosecution,” the department said.

Mr. Sykes said he planned to appeal to President Obama, Congress and local law enforcement agencies to pursue the case.

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