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More than 10,000 gay couples applied to wed in New York City in first year

More than 10,000 same-sex couples have tied the knot in the city since gay marriage became legal a year ago.

The New York times has the story:

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced on Tuesday that at least 7,184 same-sex couples had been issued licenses in New York City since July 24, 2011, when the state?s Marriage Equality Act took effect. In the rest of the state, as of July 16, at least 3,424 same-sex couples had received licenses, according to the State Health Department.

The actual numbers, though, are probably higher, since people are not required to report their sex on marriage license applications.

Mr. Bloomberg noted the anniversary of the Marriage Equality Act at a news conference outside the city clerk?s office in Lower Manhattan, where he was joined by several gay lawmakers: the City Council speaker, Christine C. Quinn, whose wedding in May was attended by the mayor and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo; Assemblyman Daniel J. O?Donnell of Manhattan, who married in New York City in January; and City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer of Queens, who plans to marry on Saturday.

The mayor said the city had become a destination for same-sex weddings, benefiting the economy. Of the same-sex couples who were issued marriage licenses here, he said, 35 percent lived outside the Middle Atlantic States and 7 percent lived outside the United States.

The Associated Press reports that New York City made an estimated $259 million off marriage license applications, oney spent by out-of-city guests on hotel rooms and the wedding industry in general.

A survey of betrothed couples a year after gay marriage became legal in New York shows gay weddings have had an economic impact of $259 million on the city, tourism officials say.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg released that figure on a hot Tuesday morning standing outside the city’s marriage bureau, which is where the approximately 1,700 gay and straight couples were selected to complete online surveys about their wedding expenditures. Bloomberg was flanked by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who became one of the most prominent elected officials to throw a same-sex wedding when she married her longtime partner this year.

At least 8,200 same-sex marriage licenses have been issued in the past year, accounting for more than 10 percent of the 75,000 marriage licenses issued in the city during that time, officials said.

“Here we have a moment to celebrate a year of unadulterated joy,” Quinn said. “What better thing could the government do than pass laws that make people equal?”

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