I was unable to find any solid numbers for how many gay people were married in NY. However, references were made to it being in the hundreds. Also, that over 1,200 licenses were requested. These would be reason enough to have legalized marriage.
Keep in mind that this was enacted at the end of June 2011, so it's essentially 3 months old. There are many reasons why numbers are not higher (though they don't really need to be): People are planning events which can take some time, people are holding out for federal recognition, people are taking marriage very seriously and not rushing into it, etc.
In any case there is nothing to indicate that there is a direct correlation to this and blind support of the democratic party. People who supported this legislation were never concerned about how many people would actually get married, simply that they have the right to do so. Also, as many republican RJ members have noted, there were many republicans in support of this legislation.
Having the right is a very powerful tool in obtaining other rights (including federal recognition of gay marriage) , increased public acceptance, increased sense of worth to the community, and even in reducing bullying in the long term. It is also quite simply the right thing to do.
southbeach1500 saidI heard on the radio the other day a report that there haven't been many gay marriages in NY State since the new law was passed.
This is a potential bombshell and should cause many gays to think twice about their blind support of the Democrat party if it does turn out that the percentage of gays that are married lags far behind the rate in the general population.
Does anyone have any stats on NY? What about stats on other states where gay marriage is legal?