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. DoubleStandards

    MY rule is,, a gay lover isn't a consenting terrier, there you have it, dont push your morals on others saying they cant love their animal, so hypocritical of people who do so,

    June 25, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. FecaUrethra

    "it's an exit, not an entrance,, and gerbils have rights too"

    this paid for by U.N.P.L.U.G. ( a division of PETA )

    UNited Protection League for Unconsenting Gerbils

    June 25, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kellie

    A dog is not of the same species and doesn't have the legal rights to marry someone. If you want to rally for it, go for it. You wont have a fight from the gays, but you better watch out for PETA. They'll come after you for that. Just like anti-gays are after gays. Anyways, I just don't think it's right to compare that to gay marriage because they're totally different and even comparing them together is ludicrous.

    June 25, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. 64;;?(

    I really don't agree with the hate that the gay people on this site are spewing, but after all the hate they recieved, you can't really blame them! I am also gay so I understand it. I really don't like it when people hate, but I wouldn't hate them back. But I really don't understand why people hate! Why do they even care?

    June 25, 2011 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. Emelia Kanson

    To all those quoting Leviticus 18:22, I've pulled out a Bible right here. It says SPECIFICALLY, "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman." It doesn't say "man" or "woman", it says "you". "You" being the reader could be either male, female, or in some cases both. Unless it SPECIFICALLY says "man" or "woman", it could even potentially be considered irrelevant, leaving anti-LGBT without any arguement further than "it's wrong". It's considered wrong because of this single line, though! Haha! =)

    June 25, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • DC

      Try Romans 1:26-27. Notice the words "natural function". There are plenty of other places besides Leviticus.

      June 25, 2011 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. kathy romero

    Just wait, we will see God's wrath in this city.

    June 25, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. Emelia Kanson

    Correction: technically, "God" is addressing Moses. However, these never strictly said all people must obey these specific rules. Given, incest and beastiality are a bit creepy (well, incest has very OCCASIONAL, RARE exceptions, I can only think of one) but these rules were meant for Moses, and were not necessarily meant for everyone. The legitimacy of it remains debatable, but it is by no means a strict guideline. The remaining judgement is left up to character. Would you be willing to let them be happy?

    June 25, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. Emelia Kanson

    Them being the LGBT community, of course.

    June 25, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. gung hoe

    There are a few where it is not a coice but not for most most people chose to be gay and shame on them

    June 25, 2011 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Heartsleeved

      That doesn't even make sense. You basically said "Being gay is a choice, except when it isn't." That's a logic fail. A = B except when it doesn't, so A always = B. That doesn't work. Just like you don't have a leg to stand on in this argument.

      June 25, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. Emelia Kanson

    JP, simply because it is "unfruitful" does not mean it is "wrong". Relationships of any kind can be indirectly useful to society. When people are in love, they are in better spirits. When people are in good spirits, they work harder and create an uplifting atmosphere. Just because they can't reproduce, that isn't enough to shun them entirely. If God is Love and Love is God, why do people shun individuals for loving who they love? If LGBT were truly useless, God wouldn't have created them, correct?

    June 25, 2011 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. Emelia Kanson

    Gung hoe, where on Earth are you getting that from? There is never a choice. LGB are that way from the time they are concieved. They are only at fault of trying to find happiness, as everyone does. If anyone absolutely MUST be blamed, blame the parents, though it isn't their fault either. Please, never take what you hear as fact without looking it up.

    June 25, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. smarter than you

    Emelia kanson... Haha... Where to start... O yeah how about verse one ... You're obviously no theologian and habe hardly touched your bible... God tells Moses to tell those things the whole entire nation of Israel... Sorry to burst your dreams of proving to everyone on here how smart you are... You're not... That is all..

    June 25, 2011 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
  13. smarter than you

    Bigots are actually more like gays because they're more closed minded to other peoples religious beliefs... And that's the definition of a bigot.

    June 25, 2011 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. smarter than you

    Bigots are actually more like gays because they're more closed minded to other peoples religious beliefs... And that's the definition of a bigot. One who refuses to accept opinions of other. You see... I can accept that you are gay so why can't you accept that I think you're wrong? Cause you're a BIGOT

    June 25, 2011 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. daWoods

    democrat - FIGURES!

    June 25, 2011 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
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