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No Kardashian Wedding for Christine Quinn

By Jill Colvin | March 23, 2012 1:23pm
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has set a spring wedding date with her partner, Kim Catullo.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has set a spring wedding date with her partner, Kim Catullo.
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MANHATTAN — City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is dishing on preparations for her long-awaited spring wedding — but don’t expect a Kardashian-style affair.

While her office has been tight-lipped about her wedding plans, Quinn was happy to gush when radio host John Gambling asked her whether her upcoming nuptials would resemble over-the-top, multimillion-dollar extravaganza between Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries — whose marriage was over within weeks.

“God I hope not! What did that last? 72 days?!” sputtered Quinn, an open lesbian who swore she would not wed until gay marriage was legal in New York. “It would really be a kick in the ass to work so long and hard to get the bill into law and then then to stay for 72 days!”

“It won’t be like that,” she assured, with a laugh.

Quinn will be marrying her longtime partner, lawyer Kim Catullo, on May 19 in Manhattan, and with less than two months to go, the Speaker’s already-packed schedule is in overdrive, including still hunting for her dress.

“I’m a little bit feeling like I’m 22-years old again, running around, trying excessive numbers of dresses on and things like that,” she told Gambling during a WOR radio appearance Friday morning.

She was on the air to discuss the upcoming introduction of controversial legislation that would boost the minimum wage for workers on certain city-subsidized development projects, but wound up talking wedding prep with the third-generation radio host.

“It’s been great fun picking out dresses for the flower girls and all of that kind of stuff you think of when you’re a little girl, and for some of us, we felt would never get to happen,” Quinn said. “It’s something I think everybody, to some degree or another, kind of wait a long time for."

"But given the particular, unique circumstances about marriage equality in New York and in this country, it’s something Kim and I have particularly waited a long time for."

Quinn’s office has yet to disclose where the speaker will make her vows, but Quinn said she and Catullo are planning a family-centered affair, meaning that her father, Lawrence, who often appears at her side, will likely have a starring role.

“We’re very lucky to have both of our dads. It’s really, it’s going to be a lot of friends and family and a lot of family involved in the event and in the ceremony," she said.

Gambling also asked Quinn about her not-so-secret mayoral ambitions, asking when she intends to officially declare a run.

“I think anybody who’s thinking of running for mayor or any of the city-wide positions in 2012 . . . people are going to wait, I would assume, to kind of officially declare — whatever that means nowadays — until we finish with the next round of elections, of which there are a lot on the local and national level," she said.