In New York , Everyone Wins the Lottery

by Beverly A. Pekala on July 22, 2011

Because of the high demand by gay couples wanting to marry in New York on Sunday, the first day gay marriage will be legal, New York created a lottery system. However, far less couples registered for the lottery than expected. Originally over 2,600 couples applied for marriage licenses that would have allowed them to marry Sunday.

 As a result,  Mayor Bloomberg announced that the city will accommodate the 823 couples who actually had registered for the lottery, since they were already prepared to officiate 764 couples.   

 We don’t know how many of those couples are gay or straight, since the data isn’t available yet, but it’s anticipated that the majority of couples are gay.

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