FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 24, 2011
MAYOR BLOOMBERG, SPEAKER QUINN AND NEW YORK CITY CLERK MCSWEENEY ANNOUNCE 659 COUPLES SERVED ON THE FIRST DAY OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN NEW YORK STATE
77 Percent of Couples Served Were From New York City and 23 States Were Represented
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and City Clerk Michael McSweeney announced a record setting 659 couples were served today, the first day of marriage equality in New York. 484 couples were married today by State Court Judges throughout the City who volunteered their time to be part of these historic events. Other couples, who received their licenses today, were and will continue to be married today and this week in by registered marriage officiants throughout the City. All couples who wished to be served today were accommodated in a timely fashion during special business hours. New York City Clerk’s offices in all five boroughs were open for a full day of business from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM today.
"Today was a historic day in our City, and we couldn’t be prouder that on the first day that everyone in New York City could have their love affirmed in the eyes of the law, we were able to serve everyone,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “I want to thank all of the city workers and volunteers who made this success possible.”
"It was an overwhelming experience to see the outpouring of love and community on New York City's first day of marriage equality," said Speaker Quinn. "All the great stories that came pouring out today in every borough show what all of us who have fought a lifetime for this knew and know, that moving human rights forward makes us a better society. Today is a great day for my family and countless others."
“It was an honor and a privilege to preside over the first same-sex weddings in New York City, and I look forward to continuing to serve all New Yorkers who wish to get married and equal and respectful manner,” said Clerk McSweeney.
659 marriage licenses were issued today citywide and 511 couples had at least one spouse from New York City. Below is a breakdown of the licenses issued by borough:
365 in Manhattan
The following States were represented in today’s historic festivities: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia.
The City Clerk’s office in all 5 boroughs will be open from 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM for the remainder of the week – an additional two hours each day.
Stu Loeser / Marc La Vorgna / Mark Botnick (Mayor's Office)
Jamie McShane (Speaker) (212) 788-7116
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