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Same-sex couples credited with nearly 14 percent rise in New York City marriages

There’s been a sharp increase of marriage licenses issued in NYC over the past six months. Actually 14% more than last year during this time period. Almost all of them are believed to have been granted to same-sex couples. “We’re overwhelmed,” Michael McSweeney, NYC city clerk, said. “It’s been much busier for us than this time last year, but we’re delighted to see the extra business because we understand the impact. We’re handling it. We’re thrilled.” New York legalized marriage equality in June and the law took effect in July.