After DOMA ruling, surge in marriage applications in NYC - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

After DOMA ruling, surge in marriage applications in NYC

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

The city clerk couldn't tell me exactly how many same-sex couples have been coming in since the Supreme Court's ruling on DOMA but he said it has been quite an increase. He said he expects more to come in the next few days and weeks.

Todd Fernandez and Giovanni Miranda were among the many same-sex couples who eagerly awaited their turn to receive their marriage license at the city clerk's office in lower Manhattan.

"We didn't dare dream, we didn't dare believe that this day would come," Todd said.

That dream became reality when the United States Supreme Court ruled that it's now illegal to deny federal benefits to married gay couples.

It's those benefits and more that made the decision to tie the knot easy for this couple.

"He's from Columbia and I'm American, so we needed to have the full federal benefits and access to the immigration process," Todd said.

After almost 35 years together, Rory Carlton and Barry Leach also rushed to City Hall. They literally just got off the plane from Atlanta. Same-sex marriage isn't legal in Georgia, but the couple said they're now considering moving to New York where it is.

"We won't have to worry about state taxes, we would have survivor benefits, and social security the country recognizes it, instead of just one part of the country," Rory said. "It makes it more real."

It'll become even more real when both couples wed on Friday.

"We're hoping by Christmas we'll be honeymooning in Colombia!" Todd said.

The city clerk said that couples have been coming in from all over the country to get married in New York City.

When I asked one couple "Why New York?" They told me simply that it's the best city in the world.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • New York's smallest piece of private land

    New York's smallest piece of private land

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:52 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:52:57 GMT
    The Hess triangle is a tiny piece of private property in Greenwich Village. Manhattan historian Joyce Gold explained the origins of the property: After World War I, New York City seized a beautiful residence and tore it down so it could extend Seventh Avenue and the west side subway below it. The city left the building's owner only a tiny scrap of property so small it requested he donate the triangle to make way for a sidewalk. The man refused, took the city to court and won.
    The Hess triangle is a tiny piece of private property in Greenwich Village. Manhattan historian Joyce Gold explained the origins of the property: After World War I, New York City seized a beautiful residence and tore it down so it could extend Seventh Avenue and the west side subway below it. The city left the building's owner only a tiny scrap of property so small it requested he donate the triangle to make way for a sidewalk. The man refused, took the city to court and won.
  • Runners of 3,100-mile race in Queens seek spiritual experience

    Runners of 3,100-mile race in Queens seek spiritual experience

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:26 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:26:44 GMT
    Since mid-June, 14 runners have been on a mission that is spiritual at its core. They are running the Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race in Jamaica, Queens. Spiritual leader and former Queens resident Sri Chimnoy, who died in 2007, created the race, which lasts 52 days.
    Since mid-June, 14 runners have been on a mission that is spiritual at its core. They are running the Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race in Jamaica, Queens. Spiritual leader and former Queens resident Sri Chimnoy, who died in 2007, created the race, which lasts 52 days.
  • Road-trip vacations that don't break the bank

    Road-trip vacations that don't break the bank

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:37:29 GMT
    Last-minute vacations don't need to be a headache or ridiculously expensive, especially if you make it a road trip. Even if you don't have a car, renting one can be an affordable option.Lauren Lyons Cole, a personal finance contributor to TheStreet.com, has some suggestions.
    Last-minute vacations don't need to be a headache or ridiculously expensive, especially if you make it a road trip. Even if you don't have a car, renting one can be an affordable option.Lauren Lyons Cole, a personal finance contributor to TheStreet.com, has some suggestions.
Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices