New York City increased marriage slots for Sunday, July 24, a historical day when the state's same-sex marriage law takes effect. All the 823 couples who registered for a lottery will be accommodated.
Initially, New York City officials were planning to limit the number of marriages on Sunday to 764, after receiving 2,661 license applications online over the past two weeks.
For a fair selection, a lottery was conducted from Tuesday to Thursday. As a result of the announcement, the number of registration turned out to be 823, just 59 couples more than the intended number.
According to the original plan, winners would be notified by noon on Friday. However, the city has already decided to let all those who registered get married this weekend.
While the outer four boroughs have enough spots for interested couples, Manhattan was a little more popular than it could afford. 533 couples requested for 400 slots available in Manhattan, and city officials decided to hold 459 ceremonies in Manhattan, while moving 74 couples to one of four boroughs.
At the Manhattan venue, celebratory crowds and television cameras are expected to gather on Sunday morning.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be officiating a wedding on Sunday, for his chief policy adviser John Feinblatt and Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz, a gay couple to wed at Gracie Mansion.
The 823 weddings on Sunday will far exceed the city's current single-day record, which was set on Valentine's Day in 2003, when 621 couples were married.
This coming Sunday is expected to be the busiest day in history for the City Clerk's Office. Judges will perform three steps all at once: granting a marriage license, granting (on a case-by-case basis) a waiver of the waiting period, and performing a ceremony, reports AP.
Starting Monday, the couples who could not make the historical day as their anniversary will receive marriage licenses on a first-come, first-served basis.
Bloomberg said he would not expect people to be camping out overnight for marriage licenses.
It's not buying an iPad 2, said the Mayor.