Conan O'Brien officiates gay wedding on show (Video)
Conan O'Brien recently officiated a same-sex, Jewish wedding in New York, which was featured on "Conan," his TBS talk show.
The Los Angeles-based program has been taping episodes in the city as part of a special weeklong residency to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of "Conan," which debuted on the cable network in November 2010. In June, New York passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, becoming the sixth and the largest state to do so.
Scott Cronick, a costume designer on the program, and partner David Gorshein exchanged vows on Thursday at the Beacon Theatre under a chupah, a Jewish wedding canopy, before their friends and family sitting in white chairs on either side and a show audience, who watched from the back. Both men wore patterned suits and orange corsages, which matched the flowers on the canopy.
"Scott, you are my everything," Gorshein said to him. "You are my love and I hope everyone in the world can be lucky enough to find the love that we share. 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 and to put this ring on your finger. I love you so much. You are my everything."
"David, I have only one vow for you," Cronick later said. "I vow to fill your every day with so much love and cameras or no cameras, David, I'm here today and I'm yours forever."
The two men then stepped on wine glasses, which is another Jewish wedding tradition.
"By the power invested in me, by the State of New York and the Universal Life Church Monestary, I now pronounce you husband and husband," O'Brien said. "You can kiss the groom."
After O'Brien The two locked lips in a passionate embrace. O'Brien then yelled: "Mazal tov!" ("Congratulations" in Hebrew) as the crowd cheered, confetti rained down and the Kool & the Gang 1980 disco song "Celebration" was played. They later departed the studio on top of a fake animal with the sign "Just Married!!!" attached to its behind and the audience clapped.
The Universal Life Church Monestary allows people to become ordained as ministers online, within days, an perform weddings without religious restrictions.
"O'Brien became ordained through the Universal Life Church on Oct. 21 and received the New York wedding package to perform the legal ceremony," the group said in a statement on Thursday. "The Universal Life Church supports the rights of everyone in America to be married in a meaningful and intimate way and enjoy the legal, emotional and societal privileges that extend from matrimony."
O'Brien's show sidekick, Andy Richter, and Andy Cohen, host of the Bravo show "Watch What Happens Live," also appeared at the New York wedding.
O'Brien rose to fame as the host of NBC's "Late Night." The series is taped in the city and airs after NBC's "Tonight Show," the show he helmed for seven months before he left the network last year amid a shakeup that later reinstated hosting duties to Jay Leno.
Check out a video of the same-sex wedding officiated by Conan O'Brien on his TBS talk show below. "Conan" airs weeknights at 11 p.m. ET