Adam Polaski

NYC Addresses Demand for Marriages with Lottery

Filed By Adam Polaski | July 19, 2011 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: Bloomberg, lottery, marriage equality, marriage license, New York, NYC, same-sex marriage

MarriageLicense.jpgIn anticipation of Sunday, July 24, the first day that the Marriage Equality Act goes into effect in New York, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has chosen to limit the number of couples - same-sex or otherwise - who can wed at city clerks' offices on Sunday at 764. This would be the highest number of couples to ever be married on the same day in New York City.

2,661 online applications for marriage licenses have already been submitted since the city began accepting the applications on July 5. Around 1,728 of those applications were filed by same-sex couples, according to city officials.

Bloomberg addressed the interesting decision in a statement:

The last thing we want is for couples to wait on line for hours and hours, only to walk away upset on what was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives. The fairest way to determine who gets the chance to wed on Sunday and ensure everyone can properly plan for their own big day is through an evenhanded lottery system.

The lucky couples will be chosen via random lottery, which opened just a few hours ago today on the city's website, and it will close at noon on Thursday.

Instead of a boring old lottery, why not make it a reality competition show? I'm sure NBC, former home of Race to the Altar, would buy it.

Let us know if you're entering the lottery, and keep us updated!

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