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July 29, 2011 > New gender-neutral forms for NYC marriage licenses

New gender-neutral forms for NYC marriage licenses

Submitted By AP Wire Service

NEW YORK (AP), Jul 05 - Same-sex couples can start applying for marriage licenses in New York City using online forms that now feature gender-neutral terminology.

The Office of the City Clerk made new forms available on its website Tuesday.

The forms allow couples to enter information for ``bride,'' ``groom'' or the gender-neutral ``spouse.'' Previously, they only allowed for ``bride'' and ``groom.''

Although couples can begin applying for the $35 licenses, they likely won't be issued until July 25 - the first business day after the state's law legalizing gay marriage becomes active.

State law requires couples to wait 24 hours to wed, though a waiver can be requested of a judge.

New York legalized same-sex marriages on June 24.



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