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. Neanderthal

    This story is gay.

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

      Your comment is Neanderthal.

      So it all works out.

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

    GOOOO NY!!!!!!!! Now if only the rest of the country can follow suit, we'll be GOLDEN. But this is progress... 😉

    June 24, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ash

    No surprise, New York is a civilized/educated/wealthy state so this thing had to pass.

    I doubt anything like this would pass in TX anytime soon, LOL.

    Congrats NY!

    June 24, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Andrew

    Congrats from Washington, DC! Nice of you to join us in recognizing equality. 😉 Perfect timing to coincide with Pride festivities and parade in NYC this weekend! Everyone up there celebrate for me.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SuperDuper

    To the person who posted their love of their neighbors Boston terrier. Really? How can you bring into a human to human issue about love, understanding, fidelity, and consent, your insane dog moment? Luckily you were not wired for public office. But obviously, you'd do fine as a guest in Jack Ass the movie, part 4!

    June 24, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Richard Cheese

    How does it feel knowing you were wrong on the outcome of the vote? That's gotta sting. It's ok though; your kind is slowly dying off, much to the relief of the intelligent and the logical.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mark

    Good, someplace needs to take them, so NY can have them. God will judge in the end... BTW, Lev 18:22 says "it is an abomination for a man to lie with a man".

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

      no one cares about your invisible magic wizard

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


      June 24, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Auntie-Christ

      It also says that about shellfish and clothing made of mixed fabrics.

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

      LOL "god" isnt real. the flying spaghetti monster will judge you!

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

      Book of David says....your an idiot

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

      I guess if you can eat shellfish now, you must be able to commit sodomy. Guess that means adultery, bestiality, and murder are all OK as well. After all, you can eat shellfish.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • yeahequality

      It is an abomination to be such a numbskull.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Siobhan Elizabeth

      So by your logic based on that one Bible passage....lesbians are a-ok?

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

      Yes, God will judge everyone in the end and in the end, it is people like you who will rot in hell.

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

      Get your religion out of our politics.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Casey

      Mark – "Do not judge, or you too will be judged." Matt. 7:1

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

      What I find so funny about such comments is details like this: every Sunday, every Catholic in the world practices ritual cannibalism. Tiny little Catholic kids, like I was, are told that wine and break are transformed by the miracle of the mass into the body and blood of Jesus Christ. And they all line up to eat some of the poor guy.

      And that's normal.

      But get a stiffie for another guy, and you're an abomination.

      If not for all the evil done by people claiming to know the word of God, it would be a hoot and a half.

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

      Tisk, forgot to mention all those nasty abominations before and after the one little line your ilk always seems to be able to dredge up. Make sure you are completely clean of any of those offenses before you go ignorantly spouting what you've been trained to spout.

      June 24, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. GuestColin

    Congratulations NY! Good job!

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

    Was really hoping all the new england states would go secular marriage before ny, but congrats ny. welcome to the freedom club.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Name*Giselle

    It's about time!!!!! Welcome to the 21st century

    June 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mommaearth

    Bring on the asteroids

    June 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. lance corporal

    OK "christians" let's see gods love............

    June 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Steve J

    Congratulations to New York on taking a progressive and much-needed thoughtful step forward. Bigotry, discrimination are not to be tolerated. Equal rights for all loving couples!

    June 24, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. miked

    even gay people themselves have to see how absurd gay marriage is. it is a joke, have some shame and humility and have the good sense to hide your perversion like humans have done since the beginning of time.

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

      You've obviously been hiding your perversions for quite a while.

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

      Your bigoted views portray you as moronic.

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

      hey... if catholic priests don't have to hide THEIR perversions...

      June 24, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Splat

    why is it always dogs? I know a TON of people who love their cats. but ya'll are crazy. I'm going to marry my bf.

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