Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New York City Sees 14% Increase in Marriages Since Gays & Lesbians Began Marrying There

Marriage equality has existed in New York for a just few months and government officials in New York City have seen a 14% increase in marriage licenses:
“We're overwhelmed,” Michael McSweeney, the city clerk, told the paper. “It's been much busier for us than this time last year, but we're delighted to see the extra business because we understand the impact. We're handling it. We're thrilled.” While New York City does not ask license applicants to identify by gender, officials believe that a 14% rise in demand, an increase of 4,042 licenses over last year, is due almost entirely to the unions of gay and lesbian couples. But New York City's gay marriage rate is difficult to determine because some of the licenses likely were issued to out-of-state couples.
People would ordinarily be ecstatic to see so many new families.  However, evidence of gay families is usually seen as a negative sign of gay marriage so those heightened marriage statistics are probably not received as well as they should be.

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