City Hall opened its doors in a welcoming ceremony May 17 for same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses.
In a statement made beforehand, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone said that the city would not treat same-sex couples any differently than heterosexual couples.
“Under current law, any couple seeking a license must sign an affidavit saying they know of no legal impediments to their marriage,” Curtatone said. “However, the city will leave the responsibility with same-sex couples to make such a judgment, as it does with heterosexual couples.”
“This is a fundamental question of equity and decency,” Curtatone said. “We don’t play marriage police with heterosexual couples, and we’re not going to do it with same-sex couples.”