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. It's a beautiful day, Joey

    DD::::::D (_)o(_)

    June 25, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank ( R-Ohio )

    What's next ....approving "Left On Red?" 🙂

    June 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. moneyT

    I'm sorry the fact that some of you are comparing other humans to dogs because they are are gay is disgusting and am so ignorant. Were all humans, and as long as they are not impeding on anyone elses born rights who are we to judge. Two consenting adults who love each other, sound familiar. And Christians, they know according to your religion they are hell bound if they act on their impulses. So now show them compassion and pray for their soul. Don't be such prudes thinking your better then everyone else based on a man written book.

    June 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Emelia Kanson

    'Smarter than you', I'd like to start by saying "check your spelling." You are right, though; I have not read it much. People often quote Lev 18:22; I wanted to know if that one small line was enough to shun people for being born with something nobody can control. (I still think its silly, frankly. One line isn't substantial enough for the amount of hate floating around.) I aknowledge I don't know much about the Bible. Is that satisfactory to you?

    June 25, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pix

    It's signed into law. Well done, New York!

    June 25, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Emelia Kanson

    Also; to clear up that small accusation of yours, I really don't care if people are smarter than me, or if I'm smarter than them. We're all living on this Earth together, trying to make our own way in society and life.

    June 25, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. @Fillup

    Be quiet, please. Your neighbor's neighbor's neighbor finds you annoying...go marry a wombat for all we care.

    June 25, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Indurpundant

    This is how I like to see laws passed. If not through a ballot proposal then through the legislature, but NEVER by a partisan lone judge. I'm actually glad CNN posted that the NY senate was majority Republican, because it shows that there are moderates that can vote their conscious instead of catering to the far right fringe. I hope we as a country can reduce the number of far right/left kooks, so the sane people can have grown up discussions. Maybe one day we can actually see real results from the government.

    June 25, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Terrier

    @Myneighbor's neighbor: No thanks.. I had my fun now I'm taking my red rocket elsewhere. Why buy the dog bowl when you're getting the kibble for free? Am I right? Where's mah dogs at?! Woof woof..

    June 25, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cobra

    Barney Frank was missing in the crowd.

    June 25, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Thor's Hammer

    @Timothy Corbett: No answer have you? You're a fraud.

    June 25, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Gunther

    It's a good day for the freaks, you can spout off all you want but look in the mirror and you'll see a freak.

    June 25, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. just a thought

    Just wait until these gays start hitting the devorce courts; I just hope there are no chidren involved. But when it comes to property– LOL Then the sate will know what kind of mistake it made, what I mean is: the devorice courts are already overloaded

    June 25, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geezus

      So true! Gays split up more then anyone else, so dramatic and if they don't get the center of attention they break out the gay talk. For the first time i'm embarrassed to be an american!! I can't believe 3% of the population got their way in new york! Maybe god will start with america on judgement day since this is where most of gods work will be. The usa is turning into a cesspool of sin. I bet american muslims, jews, christians, latter day saints and many more are wondering how this passed!! Its because the everday american doesn't have time to vote every month on the gay agenda. Why do the freaks want to be like everyday americans and want us to accept them? Who knows but i never will!! Burn in hell!

      June 26, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nalabites

      Learn to spell divorce before you open your mouth, please.

      June 27, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. smarter than you

    @Thor's Hammer, where do you read in matthew that "unruly" children should be stoned to death? I would be really impressed if you could prove that exactly as you wrote it. Do not read into a text more than you should. "4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death." Matthew 15:4 KJV. in this version and many others the text says "He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death." the text never says that anyone would be stoned by any man in any village. OK, if you were to know where this commandment is first mentioned (Exodus 20:12) you would see that this is the first commandment with a promise, that who honors father and mother, will have long life on earth. Therefore dishonoring or as KJV says in Matthew 15:4, cursing, father and mother will result in shorter life on earth, which as we all know means death. Soooooo Mr. BIG theologian, stop trying to be sooo smart please, youre only hurting your brain....

    June 25, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. smarter than you

    @han... yea the Bible... written about 2000 years ago... really old book... its the top selling book in the world, translated into the more languages than any other piece of literature, written by over 30 different authors, who wrote over 25,000 manuscripts, over a period of 1500 years, in three different continents; africa, asia, and europe. before a global mail system, telephone, or internet, and it NEVER contradicts itself and its all centered on the existence of GOD.... but you're right we might as well quote mother goose... do you know how many people through out history have tried to erase this book from the face of the earth and have been UNSUCCESSFUL including the catholic church in medieval times?? NO obviously you don't... trust me, if this book was truly worthless it would not have withstood so much opposition through out history... and it wouldn't be causing arguments today... if it was truly worthless you wouldn't care enough to denounce it....

    notice i didn't have the need to attack mother goose, just your "intelligence"... which is laughable....

    June 25, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
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