New York’s same-sex marriage bill goes into effect on July 24 and New York City clerk’s offices are open to honor the event. Although city clerk’s offices in all of New York’s five boroughs are usually closed on weekends in honor of this special occasion, Mayor Bloomberg, not wanting gay couples who wish to wed to wait one day longer than they have to, has ordered them open.
The first five weekdays after the bill goes into effect the offices will be open two hours later than usual in order to accommodate the expected heavy demand for same sex couples seeking marriage licenses and civil ceremonies.
Thanks from the gay community goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo, who signed the state’s Marriage Equality Act last month. This action has made the state of New York the sixth and most populous in the United States to allow gay marriage.
One little problem that was subsequently corrected concerned available marriage applications that were still using the terms, “bride” and “groom.” That situation was changed pretty quickly and replaced by “Spouse A” and “Spouse B.”
According to the mayor’s office, on Sunday the 24th, state judges will volunteer to perform ceremonies and requests for waivers of the 24-hour waiting period in the hopes that they can accomodate all requests.
This new bill has been a long time coming. Human rights, including the right to be different in any way that doesn’t harm another person, are finally being recognized. Even looking on the practical side, every single person has the right to live their life miserable or happy, single or married, gay or straight.
Here’s to the new law. (Clink of glass!)