New York City's Marriage Boom
BY Jeffrey Hartinger
August 22 2011 1:20 PM ET
Since marriage equality went into effect in New York State July 24, one in four weddings in the Big Apple are believed to be for same-sex couples.
Roughly 1,400 gay couples have tied the knot since in New York City, the
nation's most populated city, according to data obtained by the New York Post. City Clerk Michael McSweeney estimates that the 33% increase in marriage licenses granted during the same time over the past three years, can be attributed to the legalization of same-sex marriage.
"Last week we averaged 335 license applications a day, busier than ever," McSweeney said.
In previous years, an average 4,200 couples applied for licenses during this time period. Through August 12 of this year, the city issued 5,587 marriage licenses. Additionally, August is the city’s busiest month, causing the office to limit its vacation allotment for employees to allow for adequate staff and resources.