Stephanie Figarelle and Lela McArthur were the first same-sex couple to ever get married on top of the Empire State Building last Valentine’s Day. They won an online contest to do so, along with three other couples.
Figarelle, in a tailored black suit, told McArthur, in a strapless white dress, “I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with you.”
The happily married couple, who met at the University of Alaska in their Anatomy class, is now getting some more attention. Suzanne Venker, who believes women should stop trying to compete with men, wrote an article on Fox News stating the importance of opposite-sex marriage. The article also included a beautiful photo of a happily married couple on their wedding day kissing on top of the Empire State Building.
The photo that Fox News accidentally used was of Figarelle and McArthur on their wedding day.
Figarelle took to Facebook to comment on the matter. She says that she was not offended by being referred to as a man. She even jokes “Yes, I’m aware that I look like a dude. I have known this my entire life – I’ll prove it by sharing baby photos sometime.”
Though the incident does not affect her, she still remembers a time when others bullied her for being lesbian.
“I’ve gotten bullied, hit on by gay dudes and hot ‘straight’ girls, seen the inside of both male and female bathrooms.” But now she is very happy and secure with herself. She said, “Thankfully, I figured out who I was at a young age and I have cultivated a deep sense of self-trust and unshakeable confidence in the process. I am fortunate to have a wonderful, support and loving wife who I got to marry at the top of the Empire State building almost one year ago.”
Though Fox made the mistake of posting the photo, it was a great reminder of a happy day for a beautiful couple and the LGBT community at large.