'Project Cupid,' NYC's online marriage portal, to launch next week

A bride waits to fill out marriage papers at a busy City Clerk's office on December 12, 2012 in New York City.
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York City residents looking to tie the knot during the pandemic will be able to wed virtually starting next month.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on April 18 issued an executive order allowing state residents to secure marriage licenses remotely and marry via video conference, but the technology to complete the process online wasn’t yet in place. 

That will change when a new system called “Project Cupid” launches in the first week of May, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced Wednesday. 

The system will let couples complete all of the steps needed to secure a marriage license online, including uploading documents and videoconferencing with the City Clerk’s office. The office shuttered on March 20 and will remain closed "until further notice," according to its website.

“We need moments of joy now more than ever, and we won’t let a pandemic get in the way of true love,” de Blasio said in a statement. “To all of the couples looking forward to tying the knot, know that your city is right here with you, throwing rice from afar.” 

The system is expected to launch by the end of next week.

“Coronavirus has changed the world in so many ways, but our ability to love and commit to each other hasn’t wavered,” Johnson said in his own statement. “We deserve some good news, and this is definitely wonderful news for all of New York City.”