True love! Conan O'Brien officiates gay wedding
Conan O'Brien made his marriage ceremony debut as a gay wedding officiant late Thursday night on Conan. Watch video of the ceremony here!
Conan O'Brien's gay wedding went off without a hitch! Scott Cronick, costume designer for the Conan show, and his partner David Gorshein were bonded in matrimony in the fine state of New York with the funnyman presiding over the ceremony.
Conan O'Brien stood underneath a chuppah requested by the grooms, watched by an audience that included Scott and David's family and friends. Scott had a special request that Conan O'Brien happily obliged -- having Bravo's Andy Cohen escort him down the aisle!
"This is for real," Conan O'Brien commented in the gay wedding's opening remarks. "We are gathered here today in this beautiful place to witness the joining of two lives."
David then said to Scott, "Anyone in the world would be happy to wear one of your designs, but no one is possibly happier than I am to wear your ring." In turn Scott said to David, "I have only one vow for you. I vow to fill your every day with so much love. Cameras or no cameras, I am here today and I am yours forever."
After a double breaking of the glass, a ceremonial tradition done by the groom in a Jewish wedding, Conan O'Brien announced, "By the powers vested in me by the state of New York and the Universal Life Church Monastery, I now pronounce you husband and husband! You may kiss the groom! Mazel tov!"
The wedding coincides with Conan's one-year anniversary at TBS, and was filmed during a series of live shows in New York. Preparing for the ceremony, the 48-year-old host commented, "This will be the first, I believe, same-sex wedding performed on late night television."
O'Brien's camp insists the ceremony was not a publicity stunt, that it was performed on behalf of their staffer's real love, but the comic is coming under fire nonetheless. Opposing Views criticizes the notion of a late night television gay wedding, writing:
"...in a desperate move for ratings, the host is taking advantage of the state's new law by 'marrying' two of his male staffers on the program. Thanks to a free online certificate from the Universal Life Church, he can even officiate. While Conan might grab a few headlines from the ceremony, the irony of a comedian performing the ceremony -- along with his joke of an ordination -- is notable."
Watch the Conan gay wedding ceremony here:
Do you think the ceremony was done out of love or as a ratings ploy?
Congratulations to the grooms, and to Conan O'Brien on officiating his first gay wedding!
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