Same-sex marriage souvenirs are on display at the gift shop at the Office of the City Clerk in New York on July 21. Clerks’ offices statewide and in New York City’s five boroughs, which are usually closed on Sundays, opened to honor the law that legislators passed in Albany in June and that took effect on July 24, 2011. Photograph by Glenna Gordon for Bloomberg

Same-sex marriage souvenirs are on display at the gift shop at the Office of the City Clerk in New York on July 21. Clerks’ offices statewide and in New York City’s five boroughs, which are usually closed on Sundays, opened to honor the law that legislators passed in Albany in June and that took effect on July 24, 2011. Photograph by Glenna Gordon for Bloomberg

Gay Marriage in New York

Matching Ducks at the City Clerk's Office
Matching Ducks at the City Clerk's Office

Same-sex marriage souvenirs are on display at the gift shop at the Office of the City Clerk in New York on July 21. Clerks’ offices statewide and in New York City’s five boroughs, which are usually closed on Sundays, opened to honor the law that legislators passed in Albany in June and that took effect on July 24, 2011. Photograph by Glenna Gordon for Bloomberg

Winning the Marriage Lottery
Winning the Marriage Lottery

Alex and Jeremy Bertrand-Price receive a call from the City Clerk's Office on July 21 informing them that they've won the lottery for one of the coveted spots to get married on the first day that the Marriage Equality Act takes effect. The couple had a celebration with family and friends just a few weeks ago after being engaged for nearly a year. Photograph by Glenna Gordon for Bloomberg

Cards for Same-Sex Couples
Cards for Same-Sex Couples

Greeting cards for gay weddings are on sale at a stationery shop in New York on July 21. Photograph by Glenna Gordon for Bloomberg

Changing Their Status
Changing Their Status

Drew Glick and Alan Miles have been together for 16 years. When the new Marriage Equality Act passed in New York, Miles asked Glick to marry him.  "We called our mothers and changed our Facebook status," says Miles. Photograph by Glenna Gordon for Bloomberg

Shopping for the Rings
Shopping for the Rings

The couple shops for wedding rings on July 22. "This isn't just about taxes. It's about affirming our love and commitment to each other," says Miles. Photograph by Glenna Gordon for Bloomberg

The Rings
The Rings

With 19.4 million residents, New York is the sixth and most populous U.S. state to legalize gay marriage. Photograph by Glenna Gordon for Bloomberg

Not Going to Wait
Not Going to Wait

Tiffany Peckosh and Meredith Soffrin have been together for four years. "We were in a taco shop in May 2010, and we promised each other that we were going to spend the rest of our lives together and we weren't going to wait for anyone," says Peckosh. Photograph by Glenna Gordon for Bloomberg

Making it Legal
Making it Legal

"When the law passed," says Peckosh, "we were thrilled." Photograph by Glenna Gordon for Bloomberg

Wedded in Brooklyn
Wedded in Brooklyn

More than 800 same-sex couples signed up to be married on July 24, the first day New York's Marriage Equality Act went into effect. Photograph by Glenna Gordon for Bloomberg

Signing the Papers
Signing the Papers

Kele Nkhereanye and Renee Boyd fill out paperwork at the Brooklyn Municipal Building on July 24. The two have been together for 20 years. Photograph by Glenna Gordon for Bloomberg

Exchanging Rings
Exchanging Rings

Nkhereanye and Boyd exchange rings during a ceremony on July 24 at the Brooklyn Municipal Building.  Photograph by Glenna Gordon for Bloomberg

Just Married
Just Married

Nkhereanye and Boyd were joined by friends to celebrate their wedding. Photograph by Glenna Gordon for Bloomberg

Wedding Cakes and Champagne
Wedding Cakes and Champagne

At the Brooklyn Municipal Building, wedding cakes and champagne were on hand for the same-sex couples who got married on July 24. Photograph by Glenna Gordon for Bloomberg

Bubbles and Confetti
Bubbles and Confetti

Onlookers blow bubbles and throw confetti as a newly married couple exits the Office of the City Clerk in Manhattan on July 24. Photograph by Glenna Gordon for Bloomberg