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After DOMA ruling, surge in marriage applications in NYC

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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.

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