NYC Clerk Prepares Gender-Neutral Marriage Forms For Possible Gay Marriage Legalization

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York’s city clerk was getting ready for the possible legalization of gay marriage.

City Clerk Michael McSweeney said he is proof-reading new, gender-neutral forms for marriage license applications.

The current form asks for one bride’s name and one groom’s name. The gender-neutral versions would allow each person to choose whether he or she is a bride, groom or spouse.

McSweeney says if the law passes, security will be prepared for additional visitors to the office. And he says the new forms will be placed on a rush order to make sure they’re ready in time.

The New York State Assembly passed a measure Wednesday that would legalize gay marriage in the state. It’s not clear when and if the Senate will vote on it.

Is it prudent for McSweeney to prepare these new forms ahead of an actual vote? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • justsayin

    It’s been a week now that gays are able to legally marry in the state of New York. I’m heterosexual and my life is completely unaffected by this, so why the fuss? Who cares what other people do? My marriage is still my marriage, nothing changed there. People should mind their own business.

  • James

    I feel that gay people have the same right to be just as miserable as a heterosexual married couple.

  • Jack

    Gay marriage will be the most important thing to hit new york since 9/11–it’s sad that this is true seeing as it doesn’t really make any sense why gays couldn’t get married in the first place but either way this is definitely going to be a victory and a big leap towards the future

    New York will have gay marriage before London and Paris–interesting

  • Linda

    If there are no gay persons in Iran its because they are stoned to death or beheaded.

    • Linda

      The only reason “gay rights” came about is because it was an election year, so here we go again. I WANT SPECIAL RIGHTS BECAUSE I AM A REDHEAD AND I WANT THEM NOW OR I’M GOING TO CRY AND SCREAM PREGIDISE POLITICANS.

      • BJ

        And what special right is it that you want because you’re a redhead that you don’t already have as a heterosexual woman?
        If it’s the right to be ignorant that this is a civil issue that should have no impact on your religious viewpoints, you already have that. I pray to God that I don’t want your religion in my marriage.

      • jake

        Learn how to spell.

  • lydia

    Mayor Bloomberg. Now you and Koch can get married. Congratulations you pompous moron. Just don’t smoke cigarette’s they will kill you. AID’s will not right? You disgraces this country so much. It makes me sick.
    I am a 28 years old doctor, mature and beautiful.and now I am seeking a good man who can give me real love , so i got a username Andromeda2002 on–s’e’ek’c’ou’ga’r.c óm–.it is the first and best club for y’ounger women and old’er men, or older women and y’ounger men,to int’eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch’eck ‘it out or tell your friends!

    • jake

      You may be 28, but you can’t spell, and you have no command of the English language.

  • norml

    Get the paper work ready for when they get tired of each other. the paper work for the children, how did they get these children, previous relationship, surrogacy, artificial insemination, adoption, or did they ask their friends or family to contribute a child. everything is all cute now but wait til it’s time for separation and divorce. I can understand medical ins. and financial issues, but marriage…. I see a bunch of mayheim and confusion in our future

    • jake

      And you point is what, exactly? The divorce rate for heterosexuals is over 50%.

  • Saddened

    AIDS was the great uniter of gay men, until it was noticed that AIDS was killing thousands of heterosexual men and WOMEN in Africa, and orphaning their children. After that, good causes like the AIDS Quilt, fund-raising for research, even the silly Day Without Art died out. All the dramas about AIDS, except for the revival of _The Normal Heart_, went to library shelves. Now the CDC and the AMA have re-defined AIDS as a chronic illness, comparable to diabetes and arthritis. Meanwhile, infection is increasing throughout the US. Sad.

  • nyc

    I just don’t get why so much attention to gays ? I had a gay friend who died of aids and told me the reason he became gay was when he was in high school he could’nt get any dates with girls and guys were easy. Just saying.

    • Michael H.

      It’s an equal rights issue. Gays are second class citizens right now because they cannot marry the person they love.

    • jake

      You are an idiot. Just saying.

  • Unknown

    This is a sad day for America and NYC especially. I dont hate gays but its sad that a country that was based on god and Christian believes is so quickly turning away from it to support something that the Bible doesnt approve.
    This is the reason i choose not to vote because no matter how you vote politicians will do whatever is good for them or their votes to stay in office anyway.

    • KPMc

      You value words written by men thousands of years ago but you don’t vote or understand what our country stands for.

      How does someone else’s relationship negatively impact your relationship with your creator?

      That creator gave you the power to think, reason and comprehend. That is how you are made in the creator’s image yet you throw that away to follow the word of sinning men stuck in a desert 2000-5000 years ago.

      Do yourself a favor and honor your god by using your brain instead of sitting on it.

      You are a waste of space.

    • Michael H.

      This country is based on religious freedoms, which includes freedom FROM religion. If you want your religion to have political influence, your church better be damned ready to start paying taxes.

    • jake

      This Country was not based on “Christian believes” but on a freedom of religion, and separation of church and state. Study American history.

  • Gawdfadda

    A sad sad message this is.

  • Anonymous

    Mayor Bloomberg. Now you and Koch can get married. Congratulations you pompous moron. Just don’t smoke cigarette’s they will kill you. AID’s will not right? You disgraces this country so much. It makes me sick.

    I really do not hate gay people. It just that they try and convert straight people to say it is okay to like / love the same sex.

    • KPMc

      Maybe you should move to Iran if you are so disgraced to be a free-thinking, liberty-loving American with freedom of choice. You know their president says there are no gay people there, that it is just a western anomaly.

      Plus, i bet you can smoke anywhere you want.

      Have fun!

    • Gawdfadda


    • Michael H.

      You do realize that straight people get AIDs too…

      You don’t hate gay people, but you go ahead and tell them that the way they are is not ok? Make up your mind.

    • jake

      Anonymous? I hope so. A real person, with an honest to God thought out opinion could not be this stupid.

  • Me

    Lol that was freakin’ funny!

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