June 24, 2011, marked yet another New York milestone in LGBT history. On that day, Governor Cuomo signed the Marriage Equality Act, allowing same-sex couples to marry legally in New York for the first time. The Act will go into effect 30 days after its signing. With the passage of the Marriage Equality Act, people from all over the country and all around the world are asking the question: can I come to New York City and get married? The answer is yes! Whether you're a lifelong local or someone who has dreamed of coming here your entire life, New York City is the ultimate spot for you to tie the knot. Here's what you need to know: Who can get married in New York now that the Marriage Equality Act has passed? The Marriage Equality Act allows same-sex couples to get married in New York just like opposite-sex couples, with the same rights, responsibilities and privileges under State and City law. Can I get married in New York City even if I don't live there? Yes. Couples who reside in New York or in another state or country are all welcome to marry here. When can same-sex couples begin marrying in New York? The Marriage Equality Act allows same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses starting 30 days after the Act was signed into law. State law generally requires couples to wait 24 hours after receiving a license before they can be married. For more information, visit cityclerk.nyc.gov. How do I get a marriage license in New York City? To get a marriage license, apply for one from the New York City Clerk’s office. Once you obtain a license, it is valid for 60 days. For more information, visit cityclerk.nyc.gov. Can my spouse and I get married in New York City if we were already married in another state or country? Yes. You and your spouse can get married again in New York, whether you reside here or not. (Note: New York already recognizes lawful marriages, including same-sex marriages, that were performed elsewhere.) Where can I learn more about getting to New York City and planning a wedding there? For NYC I Do special hotel packages, visit our Offers section. For help planning a trip to New York City, visit our Basic Info section and see our article about the Manhattan Marriage Bureau and our roundup of wedding venues for more ideas.
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