Today: Same Sex/Gay Marriage Ceremonies Performed Under the Arch 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Free, too)

“Gay-Friendly” NYC Wedding Officiants Rev. Annie Lawrence and Rev. Will Mercer will perform gay marriages, today, Tuesday, July 26, 2011, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Washington Square Park under the Arch. This is the first week that Same-Sex Marriage is legal in New York. Free and open to all gay couples with a Marriage License.

Reverend Annie says Walk-ins are welcome! Couples who have their marriage license just show up. As long as there is room (reservations were also taken in advance), they will fit you in.

Info (slightly edited) from Time Out NY:

You need to have your marriage license for 24 hours before a ceremony can be performed. Applications were opened for Marriage Licenses at all Marriage Bureau locations in the 5 Boroughs of New York City on July 5, 2011, and for pick up on *Sunday, July 24*. You must wait 24 hours from the date and time noted on your Marriage License before your Ceremony can be legally performed. City Hall Marriage Bureau.

Then again, I keep hearing that marriage is a “dying institution.” Of course, everyone should have the right to go there. But, according to The Week, even the founder of E-Harmony advised people (straight and gay, presumably): “don’t do it.” Oh well.


From the New York Times: New York Allows Same-Sex Marriage, June 24, 2011

New York Civil Liberties Union FAQ’s on Marriage Equality Act (2011)

Washington Sq Park “Official” Opening Ceremony Thursday, May 28th 1:30 p.m. At the Fountain

Oh my… The moment we’ve all been waiting for… (Well, maybe just me…? but still…) Do you think Mayor Bloomberg will show up?

From NY City Council Member Alan Gerson:


Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Council Speaker Christine Quinn and I cordially invite you to join us and other folks in the area to celebrate the opening of Washington Square Park and the completion of Phase I of the renovation. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, May 28th at 1:30 pm at the fountain.

Very truly yours,
Alan J. Gerson
Council Member, District 1


Additional thoughts on “New” Washington Square follow in post below …