The New York City Clerk’s office has begun accepting marriage license applications from same-sex couples in the state. As of July 5, gay and lesbian couples can complete the simple online form and register their intent to marry, but won’t be able to obtain the license itself until July 24, when the law goes into effect.
The clerk’s office corrected the form, which originally asked for the names of “bride” and “groom,” to include “Spouse A” and “Spouse B.” The wording is similar to the city’s domestic partnership application, which asks for “partner 1” and “partner 2.”
The Marriage Bureau’s Web site indicates that state law generally requires all couples to wait 24 hours after receiving the marriage license to marry. (After waiting years for marriage equality, what’s one more day?) Beginning July 25, the City Clerk will perform civil marriages for same-sex couples.