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. daWoods

    democrat -figures.

    June 25, 2011 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Imnotsurewhatsgoingon

    I'm happy for New York!
    I'm not happy for the comments on this page from both parties. Answering bigotry with bigotry is pretty damn silly isn't it? You're trying to protect your beliefs while making fun of theirs? Making fun of Southerns... Really? Oh well. At least I have the comfort of knowing that the tables have turned. Disagree with it all they want, it won't stop two men or two women from getting what they rightfully deserve. Their opinions are they only thing they have now. =) Heres to hoping other states follow!

    June 25, 2011 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Will

    Why do you all like Poop so much? Rather gross...

    June 25, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Dear "God," Jesus, Mary, and Romans I:
    We won!
    You lost!

    June 25, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. han

    The bible. Oh you might as well quote mother goose while you at it! Obviously I'm not a religious person, but the bible wasn't written in the 21st Century, we live in the 21st century or do we live in Ancient times? Some of these Ignorant comments make me think we do.

    June 25, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Fighting fire with fire is not silly.
    The "God" people don't get to make the rules of humility and turning the other cheek so that they can batter gay children into submission.

    June 25, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. Gunther

    Truly a great day for a bunch of sick twisted people, good for you.

    June 25, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. L. Ron Howard

    Hemorrhoids are very common with gays. Preparation H is having a company party tonight to celebrate their clientele.

    June 25, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. Automat Alice

    Boy, the Size Queens in the village are loving this.

    June 25, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. Your Neighbor's Neighbor

    What is so wrong with marrying an animal? Think about it. No, really.. think about it.

    June 25, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • bermille

      Think all you want, at least there isn't thought police. Just keep it that way.

      June 25, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Chihuahua

    I would marry a chorizo if I could.

    June 25, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. Your Neighbor's Neighbor's Neighbor

    Why aren't I able to marry an arm, leg or strictly the genitals of someone? Or even an abstract idea or an inanimate object of sorts? If nuns can marry someone who never existed why can't I finally tie the knot with my drinking habit? These are very progressive ideas that need to be brought to light and considered! I want to be able to marry whatever I want!

    June 25, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • bermille

      Yes since a body part is equivalent to a complete human being. Rolls eyes.

      June 25, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Your Neighbor's Neighbor's Neighbor

      C'mon, I'm talking about being progressive, here! Marrying another person is small potatoes. What if I don't want a whole human, just a part of one? Where are MY rights?

      June 25, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      Sounds like you're already married to your hand. At least it won't get a headache.

      June 25, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    A win is a win is a win.
    It doesn't matter what your Bible says.
    The REAL truth has set intelligent people free.

    June 25, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. Big Ellis

    Joey the italian deevolving nasty. haha

    June 25, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. leeintulsa

    Yay freedom!

    June 25, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
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