New York Senate approves same-sex marriage
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo addresses the press and public after signing the state's same-sex marriage bill into law.
June 24th, 2011
10:22 PM ET

New York Senate approves same-sex marriage

[Update 4:52 a.m.] New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the state's marriage equality bill hours after it passed the Republican-controlled Senate on Friday night, making it the sixth state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. Cuomo signed the bill into law after the legislature cleared the way to legalize same-sex marriage with a 33-29 vote, the first time a state Senate with a Republican majority has approved such a bill.

[Original post 11:21 p.m.] New York legislators cleared the last major hurdle to legalize same-sex marriage Friday when the state Senate followed the Assembly's lead in approving legislation to do so.

Earlier in the day, the Assembly passed a version of the bill that included an amendment about religious institutions. The Friday night vote in the Senate means the legislation's fate is now in the hands of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who proposed it.

The Senate vote came after lawmakers agreed on an amendment that would help protect religious institutions from potential lawsuits, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said.Demonstrators have gathered for days in Albany as state lawmakers pored over the details of the bill, which would help make New York the nation's sixth and largest state to legalize same-sex marriage.

The vote on the marriage measure, which the state Assembly passed June 15, was stalled in part by Republican concerns over protections for religious institutions against the potential for litigation.

Cuomo says the bill would grant same-sex couples equal rights to marry "as well as hundreds of rights, benefits and protections that are currently limited to married couples of the opposite sex."

Currently, five states - Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont and New Hampshire - and the District of Columbia grant same-sex marriage licenses.

The passage of same-sex marriage laws faced a daunting history in the New York state legislature.

The Senate rejected a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in 2009 and has blocked the last three attempts by the state's lower house to get the proposed legislation signed into law.

Although New York currently does not grant same-sex marriages, a 2008 appellate court ruling upheld the right of couples to have their same-sex marriages recognized if they are performed elsewhere.

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  1. marc varela

    What's next? weirdo's

    June 24, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. obamayakyak

    Seriously, why not two men and a doberman, or a women and a Democrat, or a women, a man, and an Obamot. Any number of consenting adults should now be able to marry. Why are you Progressives so bent out of shape tonight ?

    June 24, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Peter:
    There is no Christ.
    You are an idiot.
    YOU LOSE.

    June 24, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • troonhonest

      And who is it that you will turn to in a moment of panic or when something catastrophic happens in your life? If you do not beleive that there is a Jesus and that He is God, I hope you at least have a belief in God no matter what name you may have for Him. I bet dollars to doughnuts that if you were in lower Manhattan on 9/11./2001 you wouldn't have been asking for the help of some elected official to save or to help you.

      June 26, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. Susan

    As a Christian it means that two people, created by God, who wish to commit to each other in a loving marriage, just like the rest of us enjoy, can now do so in the state of NY. It is for God to judge, not humans, and my guess is that God would NOT condone passing judgment on two loving adults who wish to marry.

    June 24, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monica

      High-Five, Susan!

      June 24, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Two adults, like two consenting brothers? For equality reasons, we should repeal the anti-incest laws, as they discriminate against two consenting adults (brothers) who love each other.

      June 24, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Madison

      Relax, Jason... no one wants to marry you anywho...

      June 24, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Susan I don't know what bible you are reading. God passed his judgment in times passed for these same acts. You need to consult the Holy bible and check your theology before making a statement like that. It's ok though. I love everyone with Christ love. Remember we change but He (The GOD of all creation) never changes.

      June 24, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. vandalii

    Yeah, wouldn't want to have an actual citizen's vote on it. That'd just make the courts mad when it goes down in flames like is has every time this issue actually went to the people rather than the lobbyists' thralls... Another reason to avoid despite being born there (got out as soon as I could).

    June 24, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Andy

    Congrats from the Confederacy. Good for New York now bring it down south 🙂 Thanks to all the Gods for making the gays.

    June 24, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. HereWeGoAgain

    There goes the neighborhood. "Mommy, which one of you is my daddy?"

    June 24, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Madison

      Mommy... why does the catholic priest touch me like that???

      June 24, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leah

      "Neither of us is your Daddy, sweetheart." – Wow that one was tough.

      How about this one: "Mommy, why can a boy and a girl that don't know each other get drunk in Vegas and get married, but you and Mommy can't even though you love each other?"

      June 25, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Casey

    I am a gay Christian, and through prayer and an informed reading of Scripture, I have come to understand that God made me to be just as I am and he loves me just as I am.

    June 24, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristin

      God bless you, Casey!

      June 24, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • DC

      Jesus will respond, "I never knew you, depart from Me". (Matt 7:23)

      June 24, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Madison

      DC: Jebus and I want you to depart from this board...

      June 24, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kristin

    As a Christian living in the south...GO NY!!
    Jesus' second greatest commandment was to love our neighbor as ourselves, so of course I want my neighbors to have the same right as me.

    If you are reading the Bible and think it's saying to hate a people group, you're doing it wrong...

    June 24, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • VegasRage

      I love myself everyday!

      June 24, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • kayaker247

      Ladies and Gentlemen, this just in from our CNN correspondent in Albany, "the sky is not falling, I repeat, the sky is NOT falling". congrats NY!

      June 24, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • DC

      Christians don't hate people, Kristin, they hate sin.

      June 24, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • EvelynM

      Well stated Kristin! I am a Christian who supports marriage equality and prays for those who hide behind their distorted, hate based beliefs. ^5 to you!

      June 24, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • PM

      @DC Hating sin is usually indistinguishable to hating the sinner, especially amongst Christians. That saying is usually a thin screen, barely obscuring simple hate. Deal with the issues in your churches before judging others.

      June 24, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • DC

      What issues, PM, since you seem to know so much?

      June 24, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • PM

      @DC You assume a lot. I grew up in a Christian household, on the mission field, considered being a pastor. I saw lots of people judging and now accountability.

      June 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Andy

    E.L.E. EVERYBODY LOVE EVERYBODY

    June 24, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. obamayakyak

    Love it, love it, love it.

    Tonight on this board we see the essence of Progressivism, Liberalism, and Obamist Bigotry. When people speak against anything that you CNNistas worship you viciously attack them. I mention my love for my neighbors boston terriers and hysteria break out here.

    June 24, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • george

      Your argument against gay marriage is so pathetic and ignorant, can you tell me in all the states that gay marriage is allow some one have married a cat or dog or some other animal, the answer is not, So you stop with your absurd and pathetic arguments to oppose gay marriage because it sounds crazy and very untruth, poor pathetic full of hate person

      June 24, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • obamayakyak

      george, I feel your love tonight. You are such a fine, tolerant, Progressive, individual.

      June 24, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Madison

      obamayakyak: Your PRIEST feels your love... oh baby!

      June 24, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caliban

      Just as soon as your dog can sign a legal paper, buy property, file suit in a court, open up a bank account, or CONSENT to marriage you two are free to wed. Until then you're just a dog-diddler and I hope she/he mauls you next time you try.

      But better luck next time with your ummmm..... logic? I guess you'll have to go back to the Stupid Argument Bank and try another. (Oh, and BTW ALL the same arguments apply to underaged persons so you can forget that one too!) Good luck, Brainiac!

      June 24, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don Normann

      The only thing you're NOT mentioning, is that you are in reality a thirteen-year-old twerp sitting at his computer WITHOUT Mommy's permission, spewing drivel into chat boards meant for adults while you inhale the smell of your own fragrant farts every time you type the word 'OBAMACARE," though you haven't the first idea what the hell that even means. You need to be studying, not playing the little troll that you are, tramp-tramp-tramping under the bridge...

      June 25, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  12. Some Random Dude

    I always though New York was gay.

    June 24, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Peter

    Now Gay New Yorkers can stop comparing themselves to black people. I guess you can ride in the front of the bus, no longer have to tuse the gay water fountain, you can have dinner in the front of the restaurant stay and any hotel. I'm sorry what civil rights were violated?????

    June 24, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • M

      Look up the definition of Civility.. You'll figure it out.. or not. Doesn't really matter.

      June 24, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • not a biggot

      Dont be sorry, BE HAPPY!

      June 24, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • brotherboy

      Peter – That would be the right to marry. Now pay attention.

      June 24, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Possum

      Q: ...what civil rights were violated?"
      A: The ones you failed to mention. You know what they are. Don't play ignorant. That game is over.

      June 24, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caliban

      Or, how about you tell us the sad story of when you got kicked out of your house when your parents discovered you were black? Oh, that didn't happen? You know ANYBODY that ever happened to?

      Huh. I could have SWORN that you had it worse in ALL ways and nobody else can even compare then here it turns out that you had family and community to surround you when you were hurt and confused. Maybe you need to count your blessings and stop taking it out on other people or groups. Just a thought.

      June 24, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Andy

    Some people need to take an ill pill

    June 24, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. obamayakyak

    So let me guess. This grand event will be celebrated in the streets of NY with young men stripping down to their jock straps, smearing rouge on their faces, strapping feathers on their butts, and parading up Broadway.

    June 24, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eli

      Not likely, but you can keep hoping! Maybe yo'll get lucky!

      June 24, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • M

      Sounds like you want to see that.

      June 24, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • george

      If you are jealous you can go and join them, it is very simple, maybe you want to do the same thing , lol

      June 24, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • not a biggot

      Not all guys are like your father.

      June 24, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Minerva

      ooooh, you think so? brb, getting on the express train to NY!!!

      June 24, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • obamayakyak

      I was in NY during the last gay pride thing. Freak show.

      June 24, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Madison

      I BET you were in NY at the last Gay Pride Parade. C'mon outta the closet...

      June 24, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
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