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NYC I Do Guide


									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

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

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

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

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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