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. Chris

    Well, it appears that the northeastern states are setting the pace for the country, with some of the most progressive legislation passed. It's a happy counter to the messages of bigotry, hatred and discrimination spewing forth from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri, not to mention Texas and all the southern states.

    Now if California's Prop 8 can be overturned, then maybe – just maybe – we'll have enough political momentum to overturn the hateful and discriminatory DOMA.

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

      You are right 100% Chris

      June 24, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Liz

    Never been so proud to be from NY!!

    June 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cindy lo who

    If gay marriage and abortion are right....why does so much contoversary surround these issues??!!! Because there not! Take the religious arguments away...they violate natural law!

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

      Just like there was so much controversy over civil rights for blacks, and giving women the right to vote. I guess those were wrong too.

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

      "Natural Law?" Oh please, open your mind a bit. "Natural law" is a contrivance of organized religion. What a silly comment.

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

      I agree and I Love my Women

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

      If you had a gay child , you won't say or think the same way, be careful what you say, one of your children can be gay

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

      I completely agree with you! It is unnatural and an abomination of the word of God!

      June 24, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • PJB863

      Care to give us a lucid definition of "natural law?"

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

      And that's why your god is a moron!

      June 24, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Madison

      RMB – there isn't any... god.... so the "word of god" equals horses**t

      June 24, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • nope

      Religion is the greatest form of stupidity that sentient beings can create. "Natural Law" based on the speech or actions of a deity as expressed in the religion created by sentient beings is "de jure nullis naturae" unless backed by logic, reasoning and science, not mental retardation. You and the other religious people in this world need to calm down, sit down in a chair (or cross legged, etc) and think long and hard about how unreasonable your actions and/or logic are pertaining to many of the situations going on in this world that you have caused and are contributing to. Stop holding back the world and it's progress with your bronze age desert people thinking.

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

      Your inability to use grammar violates my eyes.

      Also, how do you define natural law? Because I think all those gay penguins can attest that gay loving happens in nature,

      June 24, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tyb4

    It's a dog not a consenting adult

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

      its a Gay not a consenting terrier,, who gives you the right to make a rule,, everyone rules themselves , my girlfirends dog comes to her,, no forced action,, stop pushing your "morals" on animal lovers and animals who love

      June 25, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kathleen

    Way to go, New York!!!

    June 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rev WHC

    Equality has been slow in coming, but one step at a time, it is coming. This is a great day for New York. Congratulations!

    June 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Antonio666

    My wife (female) and I (male) have been planning to retire to New York State for years. If nothing else, this gives me, as an ordained minister, an excellent opportunity for a retirement career – conducting marriages for both straight and gay couples. I couldn't be happier for the people of the great State of New York. Other states will surely follow suit. Congratulations to all and break out the champagne.

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

      Good for you, you made my day , you think like a true Christian person, Christ came to hearth to preach love, not hate and division, he didn't condemn any one, and a hypocrite religious person can show me where in the Bible Christ condemn a gay person

      June 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • cindy lo who

      St Michael the archangel defend us in battle...be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil...may God rebuke him we himbly pray...and do thou O Prince of the Heavenly Host..cast into Hell Satan and all other eveil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls...Amen

      June 24, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Antonio666

      You guys are stupid, i'm really coming to new york to burn all the gays on a cross to guarentee my path to heaven!! Die gays!!

      June 26, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LouSan

    My partner and I are ecstatic, we will be visitng our local county clerk and will definitely be tying the knot in our beloved NYS. Thank you NY for havong the courage to do the right thing.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. demetri

    As a christian, what does that mean?

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

      As a Christian, it doesn't many anything. I go to a Christian Seminary where so many of us are LGBT. The days of trying to tie sin and immorality will soon be over just as the earlier church tried to tie sin and immorality to women's right to vote or to the freeing of black slaves!

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

      You're no Christian. "Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." 2 Timothy 2:19. You not only have not departed from iniquity, you glory in it.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emily

      Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment that you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, "Let me take the speck out of your eye," when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.
      MAtthew 7:1-5,

      i can quote scripture too, I know God knows what's in my heart, and I'll let him tell me whether or not I'm one of his. If we could all just surround ourselves with love instead of hate, the world would be a much nicer place

      June 25, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Timothy J. Corbitt

      In the book of Matthew it says..."Have ye not read, that he who made man from the beginning, made them male and female? And he said: For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be in one flesh."

      June 25, 2011 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Terrier

      @Timothy Corbett: Matthew also says that unruly children are to be stoned by every man in the village, but Jesus stated that an adulterous wife should not be stoned. What if the unruly drunkard of a child was raised by a cheating drunk mother or an abusive father? Riddle me this... I think the disciples were treasonous backstabber's that capitalized on Jesus' death, like Puffy capitalized on Biggie's death, like any artist the painting goes up in value after the artist dies. I'm of course taking the story of Jesus at face value. Answer my contradiction please... Don't be like the rest of the Christians that I have asked this to and run away from facts.

      June 25, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thor's Hammer

      @Timothy Corbett: ....... Matthew also says that unruly children are to be stoned by every man in the village, but Jesus stated that an adulterous wife should not be stoned. What if the unruly drunkard of a child was raised by a cheating drunk mother or an abusive father? Riddle me this... I think the disciples were treasonous backstabber's that capitalized on Jesus' death, like Puffy capitalized on Biggie's death, like any artist the painting goes up in value after the artist dies. I'm of course taking the story of Jesus at face value. Answer my contradiction please... Don't be like the rest of the Christians that I have asked this to and run away from facts.

      June 25, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      The day that the world rids itself of morality and values, is the day that the world ends. It's coming...wait for it....wait for it.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • smarter than you

      as a christian... you're not a christian...

      June 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      It means that either Christians are beginning to see things differently, or that Religion is probably evolving.
      I mean really, the only reasons why this issue has even remained one, when it shouldn't, is because of religious reasons. There's nothing to do with morality, masculinity issues or any other supposed culprit. Morally, wouldn't it be righteous to have two people married instead of not? With masculinity issues, there are plenty of masculine gay people, men and women.

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

      Actually you are mistaken..if being gay is normal than why are there males and females! It would stand to reason that you would only need one gender not two BUT then of course....the human race would cease to exsist so obviously being gay is a choice and its a bad choice!!!

      June 24, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • whoopy

      Ah, you're funny Jewell...

      June 24, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • beachification

      how DUMB

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

      Poor Jewell. Just because men tell you they're gay in order to get away from you doesn't mean you need to hate all gays. Being a hag can be fun! Give it a try.

      June 24, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • troonhonest

      Amen...a voice of reason

      June 26, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • smarter than you

      yes, religion may evolve.... it may change and it may one influence you to drink poisoned kool-aid... but GOD never changes HE is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Its a sad thing to see a so called believer of GOD become complacent to the immorality of your current times.

      June 27, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jaysin

    Sick & Unatural....

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

      So is the spelling of your name. It's not the traditional Jason. This fact makes you a jherkhoff

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

      Why so much anger towards gays? You should seriously visit a therapist to deal with your repressed feelings.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • yeahequality

      That's what you see in the mirror.

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

      Discrimination based on archaic biblical teachings is what's sick. Legislating away equal rights and protections under the law is sick. If you're not gay, then what skin is it off your nose if others FINALLY gain the same rights under the law that you enjoy? Hmmm? What possible difference can it make to you?

      Gays and lesbians have endured centuries of religious-justified persecution. It's time for it to stop.

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

      God bless you poor pathetic soul

      June 24, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Whatever

    ...because dogs are another species, I assume? We get it, you think two dudes being together is weird. But seriously, get over it.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CoolguyMN

    Save your marriage first...Look inside your family..rather than trying to poke your nose into what happens in somebody else's bedroom...

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

      Yes , CoolguyMN, all this people that are opposed to gay marriage , they don't think one of their children could be gay ,

      June 24, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Irene

    I am glad that this nation stands for true equality. Congratulations N.Y. for making the difficult but right decisions against discrimination. I love N.Y!

    June 24, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Antonio666

      the nation is reluctant to call their representatives and get out to vote, it will be repealed

      June 26, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Granger

    let's all let everything go to pot. I'm thinking that little child next door and I should marry. She says she loves me and I certainly love her. If we're going to rationalize sicko gay stuff...let the flood gates open.

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

      You sound like a pedofile bud. Get some help.

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

      Why are you so interested in pedophilia?

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

      I cannot believe that you can equate this to child abuse/pedophelia. This legislation is about equal rights for adults in consenting relationships. It does not remotely begin to open the way for improper relationships between adults and children. If you want to argue your point, make a valid argument.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Madison

      Your priest is probably WAY ahead of you...

      June 24, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • george

      People like you granger are the sick one, have you heard that in the countries that allow gay marriage som one some one have done such a thing ? not , you hypocrite, ignorant people have the same lame and idiot argument all the time to oppose gay marriage, let people married any one they love, and stop shoving your nose in something is not your business, don't marry a gay people if you don't want , but let people live their lives and marry any one they love, your live is so pathetic and miserable all you hypocrite religious people

      June 24, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • demetri

      Granger, you are implying that you are a pedophile. For your sake I hope that you are joking when you are contacted and questioned. There is a better way to get your point across. Just a suggetion for next time.

      June 24, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • gayman

      if you are molested by a straight gay man hes not a pedaphile its just gay

      June 26, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Big Man

    It is pitiful that our society has to go through such legal/political lengths in order to provide equals rights for all. Look how long it took for blacks and women to get equal voting rights.

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

      Big Man you are 100 % right , there are always some people that they are so miserable and pathetic that they want to make other lives miserable too, poor people I feel sorry for them

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

      And some of the same arguments that were used to prevent the end of slavery, allow interracial marriage, the right to vote for women and minorites, etc... are the same arguments being used against LGBT people.

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