Impact of Same Sex Marriage

By Lindsay Nielsen

July 7, 2011 Updated Jul 8, 2011 at 1:47 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Same sex couples will be able to marry later this month.

Places that do wedding business are getting ready for celebrations and local churches are looking at whether they will perform ceremonies.

New York State has made the decision to legalize same sex marriage, but some faiths are having a hard time with the change.

The United Methodist denomination still says that ordained clergy are not allowed to marry people who identify as homosexual.

Pastor Susan Davis says she is struggling because she would perform same sex marriages if her faith condoned it.

"Personally it's challenging for me and I think possibly for members of the church who agree with me that all people should have this equal right. It's a matter of human rights to live and work within the institution while this oppressive ruling still exists," says Reverend Susan Davis of First United Methodist Church in Endicott.

Other churches like All Saints Episcopal have already started to adapt.

"The Diocese has already been working on coming up with new liturgies, making the changes that are necessary. Right now we basically are following the same regulations, people need to go through pre-marital counseling," says Rector Christine Day.

Day says the marriage service for same sex couples will refer to persons rather than man or woman.

Same sex couples are expected to bring big business to New York State.

One local wedding venue says it has already seen a boost.

"Immediately we had a response from same sex couples who were calling to inquire and also to move forward and actually book their wedding ceremonies and receptions here," says Director of Sales at the Binghamton Riverwalk Hotel, Katrina O'Dea.

Same sex couples can pick up licenses on July 24, but couples must wait 24 hours after receiving their marriage licenses to exchange vows.

The City of Binghamton clerk's office will extend its hours on July 24to to accommodate same sex couples seeking licenses.