Gay and lesbian couples made up more than 10 percent of New York City's marriage licenses in the past year since the state legalized gay nuptials.

New York's marriage equality law went into effect on July 24, 2011.

Officials said yesterday that roughly 8,200 licenses have gone to gay couples, generating $259 million for the city's economy and $16 million in taxes.

“Marriage equality has made our city more open, inclusive and free – and it has also helped to create jobs and support our economy,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said during a press conference. “New York has always been a great place to get married and since the passage of the Marriage Equality Act, we're welcoming more and more couples, their families and friends from around the country and the world.”

“I hope people who think that marriage equality was somehow going to cause the end of the world see it has done quite the opposite. It has put people to work,” said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. “But what you can't quantify is just the joy that has happened in New York City.”

Quinn married her wife Kim Catullo in May.