After a lottery last week, New York City said it could accommodate 823 couples who wished to marry. The line outside the Manhattan office of the city clerk — couples, friends and family in outfits from bridal gowns and morning suits to T-shirts and shorts — formed at 4:30 a.m.
In New York City, 823 couples had signed up in advance to get marriage licenses yesterday. Marriage offices in each borough were open, with some drawing more than others.
Outside the five boroughs, more than a dozen other cities and towns from Buffalo to Brookhaven opened their offices to issue licenses, and more than 100 judges across the state have volunteered to officiate.
Chelsea residents Phyllis Siegel, 77, and Connie Kopelov, 85, got hitched at the marriage bureau on Worth Street in Lower Manhattan at 9:02 a.m.
‘‘It was just so amazing,’’ said Siegel, who has been with her love for 23 years. ‘‘It’s the only way I can describe it. I lost my breath and a few tears.’’
Click here to see photos of a whole lot of very happy, loving people, now legally married, in the State of New York.
Cheers to all the newlyweds~ May Love & Equal Rights surround you!