Municipalities preparing to issue same-sex marriage licenses


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Same-sex couples can apply for a marriage license beginning on Sunday, July 24, and with just nine days to go, municipalities across the state are preparing for the changes.

Utica City Clerk Joan Brennan says she already has the new marriage forms with the new wording on them. Instead of the former options of "bride" and "groom," the new affidavits and certificates now have the options of "bride, groom, or spouse." Brennan says a same sex-couple can choose "Bride-Bride," "Groom-Groom," or "Spouse-Spouse."

At least two clerk's offices here in New York State plan to be open on that Sunday, July 24 to accommodate gay couples who want to get legally married as soon as possible. Those include New York City and Woodstock, in Ulster County.

Utica City Clerk Joan Brennan says because of overtime issues, her office does not currently plan to be open on Sunday, July 24.

The law also states, and has always stated that a couple, once they apply for their marriage license, must wait 24 hours before they can legally marry. So, in Utica, a couple can get their license when the clerk's office opens Monday morning, July 24th at 8:30 a.m.. Then, the earliest they can get married is 24 hours after that, at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 25.

Brennan says she has received several calls from couples looking to get their marriage license in Utica.

Meanwhile, in Rome, City Clerk Louise Glasso says her office has also received calls from couples looking to marry. Glasso says she attended an online seminar called a "webinar" on Friday morning to learn more about what still needs to be done before next weekend. However, the webinar basically contained what she already new.

Glasso says she also already has the new marriage forms in, and also does not plan on opening on Sunday, July 24, but will be open Monday, July, 25 at 8:30 a.m..

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