NYC Expands Gay Weddings On Day 1 To Include All

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City is expanding its same-sex marriage plans for Sunday so all 823 couples who entered the city’s nuptial lottery will have the chance to wed on the first day gay marriage is legal.

Officials instituted the lottery after projecting that about 2,500 couples might show up at the city clerk’s offices hoping to get married on Sunday.

Mayor’s spokesman Marc LaVorgna said that when the 48-hour lottery closed Thursday, 823 couples had signed up — about 60 more than the city had planned to accommodate.

Seventy-four couples who requested Manhattan weddings are being asked to go to one of the other four boroughs instead.

The city said its clerk’s offices will stay open until each couple has been served, but would-be brides and grooms must arrive by 3:45 p.m.

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  • Bob Fowler

    Why, if this is about equality, are the city clerks working on Sunday? Why do the people who want to get married, for equal protection under the law, have special rules set forth for them? If I want to get married in City Hall on Sunday, I am told ‘sorry, please come back during normal business hours.’ When is the majority going to be entitled to the same benefits as the special interest groups?

  • Mr Clean

    After packing in fudge, much better to clean it out with a stick.

  • mary miller

    Why can’t the city do a “group” marriage ceremony in a large auditorium? I believe Atlantic City NJ does this on Valentine’s day..a popular date for weddings!

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