Same-sex marriage becomes legal in New York this Sunday, July 24th. Demand for marriages to take place on Sunday is expected to be high and might possibly beat the current record for the number of marriages performed in a single day in the city- 621. Since accepting on-line applications for marriage licenses, the clerk’s office has received over 2,600 applications and it’s estimated that over half of those are from same-sex couples.
To avoid chaos on Sunday, the city has capped the number of marriages that can be performed to 764. The city will hold a lottery to determine which couple, gay or straight, can marry on Sunday at the five borough clerks’ offices.
Read more about this story at http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/19/expecting-overload-city-caps-gay-weddings-at-764-for-day-1/