NEW YORK — David Hefner, an AIDS patient who renewed wedding vows with his wife at St. Patrick's Cathedral in February, despite initial opposition from the church, has died.
Hefner, who was 38 and described himself as a one-time homosexual, died last Sunday, a year after he was diagnosed as suffering from acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
Hefner and his wife, Maria, became the center of controversy after their request to hold the ceremony in the 5th Avenue cathedral was rejected.
St. Patrick's is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York.
Hefner said at the time: "I cannot understand how the church of God would do something like this. If I were a killer, a hired murderer or a thief--but I'm just a person who happens to have a sickness."