Same-sex couples prepare for NYC weddings Sunday

July 22, 2011 - 2:30 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The wait is almost over for hundreds of same-sex couples who have signed up to be married in New York City on Sunday. That's the first day that gay marriage will be legal in New York state.

A total of 823 couples entered a lottery to get married on Sunday, and city officials say none of them will be turned away.

Couples will be seen by judges who will grant each a marriage license and a waiver of the usual waiting period.

Phyllis Siegel and Connie Kopelov will be among them. Siegel is 75 and Kopelov is 85. They've been together more than 20 years.

Siegel says marriage feels like a giant step. Both brides will wear white pants and blue shirts.