(Blogmensgo, July 20, 2011) The mayor of New York will celebrate the 764 marriages on Sunday, July 24, 2011, the first day of legal gay marriage in the state of New York (see our article July 6th, 2011). To cope with the influx of requests, the celebration of marriages that day will be reserved for couples that have been drawn in the lottery, the mayor said in a statement.
The New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decided to put the celebrations to an online lottery. Couple candidates can register on the website of the City Hall at noon of July 19th until July 21st at noon. The winning pairs will be notified no later than July 22 at noon, by email or telephone. Couples may register only once and they must first choose a neighborhood. Each of the five districts will draw its own at 400 couples in Manhattan, Brooklyn and all 112 in Queens, 98 and 42 in the Bronx to Staten Island.
By the morning of July 19th, the services of the registry office had received 2,661 online applications for the celebration on July 24th, 1728 including applications for same-sex marriages. The offer will be four times lower than the demand, but the figure of 764 weddings in one day, however, is a record for the City of New York. The previous record was in 2003, with 621 unions made on Valentine's Day.
Couples who have already booked the date of July 24 must participate in the lottery and be drawn if they want their marriage to be celebrated on that day, otherwise they will marry at a later date. And 'winning tickets' will be registered in order to avoid any fraud or sales on the black market.
More than 60 judges of the State of New York volunteered to officiate, 0830hrs to 1630hrs, in New York City this Sunday, July 24, 2011.
Philca & Matt / MensGo
Via BBC News July 19th, 2011