THE BRONX - After Friday night's passage of a bill allowing same-sex marriage in New York state, many gay Bronx couples are now making plans to officially tie the knot.

The marriage equality bill takes effect on July 24 and the city clerk's office is busy preparing for the expected heavy crowds.

At the chapel in the Bronx County building, a new marriage application is being drafted but officials there say the process will remain the same.Gov. Cuomo signs same-sex marriage billWATCH: State Senate approves same-sex marriage billWATCH: Gov. Cuomo's news conference after gay marriage vote