New York City Expects Record Number Of Marriages On Sunday, Establishes Lottery

Opponents of marriage equality argue that extending the civil benefits of marriage to gays and lesbians would undermine the institution as a whole. But the fact that New York City is expecting more than 764 couples to marry this Sunday when the state’s same-sex marriage law goes into effect — “the largest number of marriages on any single day in city history” — and has established a lottery to guarantee at least 764 opposite or same-sex couples “access to marry at one of the City Clerk’s five offices,” suggests that the institution of marriage and everything it represents is only growing in significance.