It’s no big surprise that the demand for marriage licenses in NYS has skyrocketed. Within the past 2 weeks, 2,661 license applications were submitted online, with c. 1,728 of those being from same-sex couples. Being that this Sunday will be the first official day gay couples can get married, Mayor Bloomberg proposed a lottery, which he deems to be the “fairest way” to distribute the allotted 764 licenses. The lottery will run from noon Tuesday 7/19 to noon Thursday 7/21. Winners would be notified the following day. Those who don’t win the lottery still have an opportunity to try again throughout next week, when the clerk’s offices will be observing extended hours.
“The last thing we want to have happen is for couples to wait on line for hours and hours, only to walk away upset on what was supposed to be the biggest day of their lives,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said during a news conference at City Hall.
The lottery is open to both heterosexual and homosexual couples.