Number of gay couples marrying in New York City on Sunday grows

Sat. July 23, 2011 6:55 AM by

New York City - New York City officials on Thursday announced they will accept all couples who applied to marry on Sunday, the first day a gay marriage law takes effect.

Citing an expected rush of 2,500 couples – gay and straight – on the law's first day, city officials on Tuesday announced a lottery for the 764 available slots for couples to marry. But the 48-hour lottery ended on Thursday with only 823 couples vying for a slot.

Marc LaVorgna, a spokesman for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, told the AP that the city has decided to adjust their plans and accept all 823 couples who entered the lottery.

At each of the city's five borough clerk's offices, couples will be seen by a judge who will grant a marriage license, issue a waiver of the customary waiting period, and perform a ceremony.

Sunday's nuptials will shatter the city's old record set in 2003 of 621 marriages in a single day on Valentine's Day.

Media coverage will likely focus on the borough of Manhattan, where the majority (at least 400) of the weddings will take place.

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