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Same-sex couples can now apply for marriage licenses online

A same-sex couple wedding cake topper.

A same-sex couple wedding cake topper. Photo Credit: iStock

Same-sex couples were able to apply for marriage licenses on the city’s website for the first time Tuesday – and had the option of registering as a “spouse.”

However, for much of the day, the form hadn’t been updated and couples could only register as a “bride” and “groom.” Eventually, the new option was added to the City Clerk’s website.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters Tuesday that the city will “change everything to reflect the passage of a law … it’s time has certainly come.”

While couples can now apply, they will not receive their actual licenses until July 25 – 30 days after the Marriage Equality Act passed in the state Legislature.

Couples must then wait 24 hours before their official ceremonies at City Hall, according to City Clerk Michael McSweeney.

(with DNAinfo)

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