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. emily

    i'm so proud of my state. and to all GLBT new yorkers, on behalf of all latino and latina catholics, i SINCERELY apologize for senator diaz's existence. congratulations on the victory–enjoy pride week.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. micromas19

    Because there is a HUGE difference between the marriage of two consenting adults and someone marrying an animal that has no idea what is going on. And anyone how thinks they are equal in anyway has no idea what people are fighting for.
    Also, I won't go bragging about what goes on between you and your neighbor's dog; that IS still illegal.

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

      I though PETA said pets are people, too. Guess we aren't quite *that* Darwinian after all 😉

      June 24, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dan

    why not? go ahead. it's not hurting anyone. though the dog might not like being hitched to a bigot.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dev

    Wow. Good for them.

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

      GOD ,Please forgive them for they do not know any better.

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

      @Anthony Sabia – Amen!

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

      Anthony must be talkin about catholic priests... I AGREE!

      June 24, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. 99indinf

    The begining of the end.

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

      of antiquated beliefs

      June 24, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Annah

    I am SOOOO on cloud nine right now!!!!

    It is such a wonderful feeling to see this country heading in the right direction!!

    Equality = A Good Thing!

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

      This country is headed in an immoral direction. God help us!

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

      god? You mean an imaginary being? Pray to Santa... he could do better for you...

      June 24, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • onewayanus

      downhill?

      June 26, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Michael

    I wish I were in New York. What a great day!

    June 24, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. VCMD

    Who defines who is a consulting adult!

    June 24, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Robert Krupa

    I'm so proud of New York. Please everyone know that full marriage equality will gain momentum across this great nation and will end with the United States Supreme Court deciding on equality everywhere. Just wait and see!

    June 24, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Majestic

    Well done, New York! Pennsylvania is next. This is P R O G R E S S

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

      Let's hope PA is next! I'm so glad my best friend will be able to get married in another state. 🙂

      June 24, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jenn

    A great moment. Really proud to be a New Yorker right now.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nita

    God is definitely NOT pleased! God have mercy on all of us who oppose gay marriage!

    June 24, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • JUSTICE4ALL

      Oh....so did she text you and tell you how she isn't happy? Do you realize how ridiculous your post is??

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

      @ Nita: I think it's hilarious that you think you know what god is thinking and how god is feeling. Absolutely hilarious.

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

      Nita, people do not want to hear the truth! God, through His Word IS displeased at this immorality. If people think unemployment, the economy and the weather are bad, they haven't seen anything yet! This country IS going to fall like the Roman Empire!

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

      Nita... the Easter Bunny isn't happy about Cadbury eggs either...

      June 24, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Madison

      LuvnJebus: We HEARD the truth... the bible said the world was gonna end a few weeks ago, remember? the bible... how pathetic... a comic book gives better insight.

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

      God is displeased with people who don't accept others for being who they are, and people who don't support equality among all people!

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

      @James Madison – Get your facts right before you post. The Bible didn't state that, a phony did. As a matter of fact, the Bible states that "no man knows the day or hour".

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

      You're damn right I'm not Nita! I just lost a bet to the devil. I was so sure that California would get their act together and realize that I don't really have time to care that much about gay marriage what with all the murdering, raping, greed, and other atrocities going on. Plus, I love the gays! Why do you think I made them? I mean Ellen and Neil Patrick Harris are so amazing and beloved for a reason.

      P.S. I saw you eating that shellfish which I expressly forbade in the bible.

      June 24, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Andrew

    HAHA eat it, haters!

    June 24, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. htagency

    I don't like this. I don't agree with this. I am an American and I pray that this does not continue.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • JUSTICE4ALL

      An American that doesn't believe in equal rights for all. Sad. Shallow. Arcane. How does this affect you in any way whatsoever??

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

      @ htagency: Do you want women to lose the right to vote? Do you want the Civil Rights Act repealed? This is about equal rights.

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

      @JUSTICE4ALL – It's shallow that a certain group of people (LGBT) want to push their unnatural behavior on others.
      @JennyTX – Marriage was designed between man & woman, you know, those parts that got you here! It's not about equal right, and where equal rights play a part: gays "couples", like married couples, should keep their intimate lives to themselves. Nothing good will come out of this!

      June 24, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Madison

      luvnJebus: How is this even effecting you?, and WHO states that marriage is between a man and a woman? Not the NY Senate!

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

      i agree. marriage is also intended to enforce the many laws regarding children. Not going to have children sticking a penis in a poop hole or a tongue licking a bleeding wound, so un-natural on so many levels.
      Freaks gained 1 today!!

      June 26, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Livingston

    Well....you certainly don't want to have relations outside the confines of marriage, so I hope that works out for you.

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