NEW YORK (AP) — Gay couples have begun seeking marriage licenses in New York City on the first full day same-sex weddings are legal in the Empire State.
New York City officials expect to host hundreds of same-sex weddings Sunday. Clerks in New York City and about a dozen other cities statewide are opening their doors Sunday to cater to same-sex couples.
In Manhattan, a line of about 100 couples waiting to be wed at city offices stretched down the block on a sweltering morning. The first few couples entered the clerk's office early Sunday, some carrying bouquets. Once they get a license, a judge can waive a mandatory 24-hour waiting period and marry them.
A small number of same-sex couples got married at the stroke of midnight around the state.