New York hosts marriage lottery to accommodate gay couples
A group walks down Fifth Avenue during the New York City gay pride march June 26, 2011.
July 19th, 2011
12:58 PM ET
1 year ago

New York hosts marriage lottery to accommodate gay couples

(CNN) - Want to participate in a same-sex marriage ceremony in New York this Sunday? Enter a lottery, says independent New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

On July 24, the first day New York's recently passed marriage law goes into effect, the city will conduct a public lottery to allow 764 couples to marry, according to a state press statement Tuesday.

Bloomberg, Council Speaker Christine Quinn and City Clerk Michael McSweeney made the announcement due to the high demand for services, they said in the announcement. The lottery, which started at noon Tuesday, will remain open until noon Thursday on the City Clerk's website.

There will be a separate lottery for each of the City Clerk's five borough offices and the winners will be notified Friday by noon.

New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the law to allow same-sex couples to legally wed on June 24 after it passed through the state Senate.

Bloomberg said the lottery is "the fairest way to determine who gets the chance to wed" and ensures couples do not walk away disappointed.

"We are going to make history on Sunday, with the eyes of the nation once again turning to New York City," Bloomberg said in the statement. "Nobody puts on big events like New York and we will be ready on Sunday for what will no doubt be an historic and unforgettable moment."


Filed under: Gay rights • New York • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Democrat Class Warfare & Race Baiting - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Seriously Bloomberg??? Isn't NYC enough of a freak show already??? What a imbecile.

    July 19, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    If same-sex couples want to get married who am I to say they cannot. Their relationship is between them and whatever God they worship and believe in. Devoted Christians would never get involved in politics because politics itself is regarded as sinful.

    July 19, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Phil in KC

    A lottery to determine who gets to get married? That's just wrong. Why can't anyone who wants to get married, get married? Why is it limited to a certain number of people? If it is limited, why don't those who register first the first in line?

    July 19, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. It Won't Be Long Now

    And here is exactly what the Liberal Democrats in this great country has drug us down to! These people will never be satisfied until they have YOUR children.......they want your children! Nothing satisfies these people more than to shake their fists in God's Face......one day soon you sirs and madames will stand before a Thrice Holy God and give account for your deeds.......ETERNITY IS TOO LONG TO BE WRONG!
    But the good news is 2012 is coming........It won't be much longer now!

    July 19, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |