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Same-Sex Couples Begin Marriage Application Process

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Beginning Tuesday, same-sex couples who want to get married in the city took the first step toward tying the knot by pre-applying for marriage licenses on the City Clerk's website.

By Tuesday night, the City Clerk's website introduced gender-neutral terminology to its application, hours after same-sex couples noticed the form only asked for "bride" and "groom."

Now the form has been edited to refer to "Spouse A" and "Spouse B."

One couple who tried filling out the online form Tuesday morning told NY1 they were disappointed the glitch was not caught sooner.

"A little let down this morning. We got up early this morning, it didn't work out because the form is male/female specific," said Chelsea resident Alfred Gonzales.

"We were excited to do this I called my mom she knows this is going on and we got to this roadblock," said Chelsea resident Tom Allsup.

Marriage licenses for same-sex couples will not actually be issued until Monday, July 25, since the new state law takes effect the day before.

Additionally, applicants will still have to wait 24 hours after getting a license -- in person -- to tie the knot.

The city says it will look at the number of early requests to figure out what its staffing needs will be in the first days of the process.

One resident who spoke with NY1 recently wed his partner in Connecticut and says he is excited to share in others special day here in the city.

"Oh friends, yes, definitely. I'll definitely be looking for it. I live right around the area so to come out celebrate with the people that are getting married is a wonderful feeling," said one New Yorker.

"I'm kind of old-fashioned. So I mean, honestly, I kind of, I'm not sold on it to be totally honest. I mean, I'm not negative with my friends cause they're my friends but I don't know if I'm sold on it," said another New Yorker.

By becoming a same-sex wedding destination, the city hopes to pump millions into the local economy.

The city's tourism website currently has a list of frequently asked questions in place for those wanting to marry in New York.

For more information, visit nycgo.com or the City Clerk's website, cityclerk.nyc.gov.

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