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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soundoff (604 Responses)
  1. Anthony

    USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA what a great day for new york, cant wait to hear about all the butt hurt religious people have to say about this.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. shenavian

    God is very clear on his plan for marriage between a MAN and a WOMAN. Tolerance is by no means acceptance.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isaac

      try knowledge instead of belief... you won't sound like such a moron

      June 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • DC

      People don't care one iota about God's laws. Too bad for them. God doesn't change.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • M

      Doesn't matter if you accept it or not, as long as the law is on our side.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isaac

      what childish nonsense to believe in... grow up

      June 24, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      God is merely a figment of man's imagination in order to explain the world around him. Last time I checked imaginary things don't have wishes or plans

      June 24, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isaac

      You got that right Greg!!

      June 24, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Madison

      god??? Stop believing in imaginary beings and join the real world...

      June 24, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tam

      I don't think man's laws are going to matter when God decides he's had enough.

      June 24, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mensaboy

    One more step down the road to hell.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isaac

      comments like yours make people realize what an intellectually bankrupted country we've become... congrats on your stupidity and ignorance.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sadie

      Wow, a bigot that also reads the news...neat!!

      GO NYC!

      June 24, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • yeahequality

      We have to assume that your username is meant ironically.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leah

      Hell is going to be so much more fun without all you bible touting bigots anyways. Heaven is going to be boooooring.

      June 24, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Don Normann

    Because you have to divorce your twelve-year-old daughter first?

    June 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pat

    Sickening....Perverts...

    June 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isaac

      yep... idiots like you are indeed sickening

      June 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rizzo

      so let me get this straight. Basic civil rights sicken you when they are applied to all of God's children? How very Christian of you to say so.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Madison

      ...are we talking about catholic priests again? If so, I AGREE with you!

      June 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sadie

      Ha, in your face you ignorant fool. Happy days NY!

      June 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • yeahequality

      It's Pat! Are you a boy or a girl?

      June 24, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Area Man

      Yep, sickening is the word I would use...to describe you. Just plain sickening...talking monkey.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tom

    Because you are not smart enough for him!

    June 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Miami Mike

    Congrats to New York for doing the right thing and making this nation one step closer to true equality for all.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Unknown

    One more state has decided to move foreword! Congratulations New York!

    June 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. James Madison

    Because your neighbor's Boston Terrier can't say "I do".

    June 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. X-JerseyGuy

    YES!!! WAY TO GO NEW YORK!!!
    WHAT A GREAT DAY!!!

    June 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MsOlga

    I'm very proud of being a New Yorker

    June 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. RMB

    I am truly ashamed to live in New York State! I guess it is time to move out of this state!

    June 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • economistman

      bye

      June 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jokey Smurf

      Beat it. Have fun in the 1800s. If you're not gay....then really who cares who the devil the marry. Move on and find something else to hate that you know zero about, like the evils of macrame and pushing a hoop down the dirt road with a stick.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I'm sure they'd welcome you someplace in the deep south, where oppression, bigotry and hatred still rule the day. Good luck.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rev WHC

      You could always move to Uganda... they want to pass legislation to kill gay people. Or would you just rather they hide so you can pretend they don't exist?

      June 24, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      buh bye. good riddance.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • emily

      you won't be missed.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Granger

      no doubt...all these gay pride parades and bj giving in the open at those parades...google it .... you'll have celebrations and semen all over the place for awhile.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • framous

      May I suggest, Alabama.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • george

      Start packing , one less hypocrite full of hate people , you for sure are a hypocrite religious right wing person , pathetic person

      June 24, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathleen

      A double win. A win for equality. And religion is once again reduced to fighting for exemptions from anti-discrimination laws.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathleen

      One less bigot in New York. I'm sure Alabama or Saudi Arabia will welcome you.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • demetri

      Of an entire state!
      You can start by writing a letter to each New Yorker, stating that you are ashamed of them and that you will be leaving. I would not give them your fowarding address. Have you decided where you wold go that fits your ideal place? I mean the right to marry for LGBT people is not the only thing that would deter you.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dane Deverl

      Ex marine in houston texas you can come visit me. I have a big manly truck and loves guns you will fit right in. Ill just have to ask my boyfriend first;)

      June 24, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • framous

      That's awesome.....and many more states to follow quickly. The other great thing is, that when it's all said and done, the opponents will realize that none of this affected them at all, personally. I applaud the legislators who were against the concept, but were for the rights of their fellow Americans, citizens of this great country.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • 4i2

      RMB for get them ^^^^ there going straight to hell anyways so go let them have them there devilish fun

      June 24, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • sara

      See ya, don't wanta be ya.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Possum

    Probably, because the terrier refuses to marry below it's social status.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. yourneighborsbostonterrier

    i don't want to marry you. you are an ugly idiot. – your neighbor's boston terrier

    June 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Outraged

    A day that will live in infamy..

    June 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jokey Smurf

      Outrage, you should be ecstatic! Now you can get married!

      June 24, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • TRH

      Not likely.

      This is a large crack in the Judeo-Christian absurdity that has plagued this nation since it's founding. That crack will expand when pot is legalized.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
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