Best news for gay New Yorkers: Marriage equality arrives
The timing was, to put it lightly, serendipitous. As New York City barreled into that annual bacchanal known as Pride Weekend, word came down from Albany that queer New Yorkers would be allowed to legally marry by the end of summer. Days later, Governor Cuomo walked in the Pride March to consistent thunderous applause, while longtime couples came down with wedding fever. The city had to create a lottery system to deal with the onslaught at marriage bureaus, joyous mass weddings popped up around town, and the local matrimony industry braced itself for a very busy (and lucrative) year.