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.
Office of the City Clerk: http://www.cityclerk.nyc.gov