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New York City To Hold Gay Marriage Lottery

NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has announced that due to high demand for marriage weddings for this Sunday, the first day New York State?s marriage equality law takes effect, the City will conduct a public lottery to decide who will be allowed to marry that day.

AFP has the report:

With thousands of requests pouring in for the first day of same-sex marriages in New York City, the mayor’s office said Tuesday it would establish a lottery to select 764 couples.

The city’s decision comes ahead of the entry into force Sunday of New York state’s gay marriage law, which was passed June 24.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Council Speaker Christine Quinn and City Clerk Michael McSweeney said in a joint statement that the lottery would be implemented “due to high demand for marriage services on Sunday, July 24, 2011.”

City officials have received 2,661 requests for marriage services on Sunday, including 1,728 from same-sex couples.

The lottery opened for entries at noon on Tuesday and was to close to entries at noon Thursday, with a separate drawing for each of the city’s five boroughs. Winners will be notified on Friday.

Read the full report via AFP

Click HERE to read Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement.