The numbers are in on marriage licenses issued in New York City during 2011—and the results are inspiring.
More than 4,000 additional licenses were handed out this year, a 14% increase from 2010. Officials have credited LGBT couples as the main reason for the jump–though the city doesn’t require couples to disclose their gender on marriage application.
“Gay people come to New York because it’s a place of tolerance,” NYU sociology professor Harvey Molotch told the Wall Street Journal. “It’s already a place to come for vacation, and that lends itself to getting married, too. You can stay there, have a good time, and do lots of things. It’s like that ‘YMCA‘ song.”
We never thought of a homoerotic Village People tune figuring into a white wedding, but sure.
Queerty called up Mayor Bloomberg to congratulate him about the news, but we could only pick out the following words over the blaring noise of what seemed to be disco music.
“Young man, there’s no need to feel down,” explained Hizzoner. “I said, young man, pick yourself off the ground. I said, young man, ’cause you’re in a new town, there’s no need. To. Be. Un-hap-py.”