Record Number of Weddings Expected on First Day of Gay Nuptials

By Jill Colvin on July 21, 2011 6:34am 

A rainbow flag waves outside the historic Stonewall Inn after the gay marriage bill passed on June 24, 2011.
A rainbow flag waves outside the historic Stonewall Inn after the gay marriage bill passed on June 24, 2011.
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MANHATTAN — Sunday will see more city weddings on a single day than ever before after 750 same sex couples entered the city’s lottery for the chance to marry.

The applicants had registered as of Wednesday evening, about 18 hours before the lottery is set to close. Couples have until noon Thursday to enter via 311 or online .

The total falls just short of the 764 cap the city has set, meaning that at least some couples will likely receive the disappointing news that they'll be forced to push their weddings back.

Couples will get a decision by noon on Friday — giving the lucky ones just hours to plan their big day.

The lottery was put in place to cope with the huge rush of couples the city had expected to descend on City Hall when same-sex marriages become legal in the state Sunday.

An online pre-registration system had received 2,661 applications as of Tuesday morning — at least half of which had been expected to try to marry on the first day possible.

The previous record for marriages performed in the city in a single day was 621 on Valentine’s Day in 2003.

Couples can register for the lottery here.

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