Adam Polaski

NYC Marriage Lottery Results: Everybody Wins

Filed By Adam Polaski | July 23, 2011 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: Christine Quinn, licenses, lottery, marriage equality, New York, NYC

rings.jpgIt turns out that New York City couples looking to get married this Sunday - the first day that same-sex marriage is legal in the state - won't have to rely on a lottery after all. On Tuesday, NYC officials announced that they would cap the number of marriages that would be performed - regardless of whether the couples were opposite-sex or same-sex - at 764.

Only 823 couples wound up registering for the lottery for marriage licenses. City officials had instituted the lottery after seeing that 2,661 online applications for marriage licenses had been filed. The lottery lasted for 48 hours and obviously steered some couples into choosing a different day for their nuptials.

Yesterday, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn revealed that the city would accommodate the 60 marriages beyond the limit. "Everybody wins!," she said. "This Sunday, all New Yorkers will be winners when we make history and move human rights forward in all five boroughs."

Unfortunately, not all of the couples will be allowed to marry in their preferred borough. Only 400 slots were available for Manhattan, the most popular borough, but 533 couples wanted to marry there. City officials raised the Manhattan cap to 459 and will ask the additional 74 couples to marry in one of the other boroughs.

Tell us if you or any of your loved ones are getting married tomorrow!


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The process could have been handled better and with less fuss. Plenty of registered officiants would have gone to city hall to help with this if we had been asked. My call and message to Christine Quinn's office offering exactly this went unreturned. There is no reason why 74 couples have to go to another borough to get married. Feh to the politics and control.
PS: On July 30th, I will be marrying two couples, first a lesbian couple and then a gay couple, in Central Park.