Thursday, July 07, 2011

NYC to perform gay marriages on 1st day of law

Clerks' offices in New York City and at least two upstate cities are taking the unusual step of opening on a Sunday for gay couples eager to tie the knot as soon as the state's new gay marriage law takes effect July 24, but many other cities and towns are waiting for state government guidance first.

New York became the sixth and largest state to legalize gay marriage June 24. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation before midnight, setting a 30-day clock that makes the law become official on a day when government offices normally are closed.

New York City officials announced Wednesday they would open their clerks' offices in all five boroughs for a full day July 24, saying gay couples should not be made to wait one day longer to wed.

"This is a historic moment for New York, a moment many couples have waited years and even decades to see," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, "and we are not going to make them wait one day longer than they have to."

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