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!
congrats to all the couples. it's about damned time.
p.s. so how much did the number of divorces of straight people go up in reaction to gays being able to marry?
People were so happy - lots of fist pumps too- finally! After all these years.
Oh & there were some Westboro "church" thugs there too. NYC just threw up some metal barricades to keep them across the street.
Those in line to get married were not going to let the hung up haters ruin their very happy day.
I liked the way the media focused on the joy & happiness of those celebrating their love and newfound equal rights & made the schumcks on the sidelines an afterthought.... they were not the story & were not given much airtime.
It's about Love & finally having equal rights in the 21st century, already!
I love the pictures of Phyllis & Connie-- finally married after being together as a loving couple for 23 years.
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