New York moves to become 6th state to legalize gay marriage
June 24th, 2011
10:40 PM ET
12 years ago

New York moves to become 6th state to legalize gay marriage

UPDATE: NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed state's marriage equality bill. Same-sex couples will now be able to marry within 30 days.

Albany, New York (CNN) - New York legislators cleared the last major hurdle to legalize same-sex marriage on Friday with a 33-to-29 vote, sending the bill to the governor's desk for his expected approval.

A vote on the measure, which the state Assembly passed June 15, has been stalled in the Senate. But it turned a corner Friday, according to Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, after lawmakers agreed on an amendment to protect religious groups from litigation that had been pushed by Republicans.


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  1. Mostly Liberal

    I believe that gay advocates have made this harder than it need be.

    I would defend a gay guy from assault but I do not support "Gay Marriage".

    My view is marriage is a religous sacrament and not a "governmental" sacrament.

    Gays demanding to be married is rooted in some of them wanting to piss of f religous people. They are all that interested in getting married.

    I support equal rights. Gays shouldn`t be denied rights but they should get them via civil unions.

    June 24, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  2. Gavin Ford

    Another victory for all fair-minded Americans. Good news!

    June 24, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  3. Alex

    So many couples will be able to affirm their love and live happily and safely.

    Go, NY!

    June 24, 2011 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  4. Rev. WHC

    It's about time. The State where the modern GLBT rights movement began should have been the very first to legalize same-sex marriage. Better late than never, I guess.

    June 24, 2011 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  5. jerry polon

    Do it, New York, just step up and do what's right. Do it for me, my partner of 28 years, and our gorgeous teenage daughter. And for all the other folks like us and different from us, who also have family they love and want the best for.

    June 24, 2011 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  6. George

    Bravo , the New York senate just passed the same sex marriage bill, I'm glad that the senate gave the rights to marriage to the gay people , the right that every person that pay taxes and it is a human right that every one has, bravo again.

    June 24, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  7. Allen MacNeill

    It passed, 36 to 26, with 5 Republicans voting in favor.

    June 24, 2011 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |