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. MS

    Never wanted to live in New York more than I do right now.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOE


      June 24, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Splinter

      It's about time. Hopefully the rest of the country will stop with this bigotry and get with NY. Congrats to NY.

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

      Amen. THANK YOU to the hard working "YEAS" in the New York Congress, and supporters across the nation and the world. As a proud gay male, tonight seems a little brighter with the passing of this law.

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

      This is terrible. What is this country coming too. Gays shouldn't have rights.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gary

    Now I can say the pledge of allegiance and really believe it

    June 24, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • vandalii

      Is that you, Michelle? Only feel proud when you throw enough tantrums that you get your way?

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

    Whelp it passed 🙂

    June 24, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • vandalii

      Yeah, imagine the horror if it came down to an vote by real people rather than congress-critters...

      June 24, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Thomas

    Congratulations to NY state and congratulations to those few Republicans for having the courage to vote their conscience against the traditional anti-gay position of their party.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ryan Clark

    It just passed guys..... I'm from NY and watched the cover.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rick

    Congratulations New York. How I love that state.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. James

    ..yet another reason to not visit NY.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • scottowego

      We won't miss ya!

      June 24, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lindsay

      that's ok....they probably wouldn't want you there anyway.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angel

      For those of you who feel your above us for having real love.. Keep your opinions to yourself. I'm not going to blast you for loving your partners.. Love is love we were born this with it. Just like you were born judgmental! We are all different in many ways I except everyone except judgmental people!! Congrats to my home state!! Oh and to the person who said you will stay away from NY great!! But remember we are everywhere and some of the kindest people ever!! Oh and I raised four drug free kids with my partner.. Two in a local university!! Two just graduated!! So not to shabby!!

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

      No loss to New York I am sure.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikez2120

      really guy? are you that ignorant the state of NY the U.S. as a nation and the world as a whole would be better off without your pathetic comment.

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

      Don't let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya! Me, I couldn't be prouder to say that I'm a New Yorker!!!!

      June 24, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geezus

      I and many people will never set foot in New York. Yea yea the few gays will spout off and say good but, gays cannot be out of mainstream. If they are not in the center of attention they go crazy, thats the only reason they are getting these dumb leaders to pass these laws. If the true population would stand up and cast their vote we could cast these deviants back into the closet. I am frankly tired of then in the news and will not be suprised if gay hate crimes rise.

      June 26, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MJ


    June 24, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Casey

    New York rocks!!!

    June 24, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Wellthen

    so proud to be a New Yorker today

    June 24, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brian

    And the downward spiral continues.....

    June 24, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • TRH

      ...and the narrow-minded and intolerant go with it.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • ben

      whats wrong with you!

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

      the downward spiral of bigotry maybe!

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

      Downward spiral? That's what southern whites said when blacks were given the right to vote, and sit wherever they wanted to on a bus. Grow up. If you're not gay, your life will not be affected at all. Tomorrow your life will be the same as it was today. You will be just as much an ignorant bigot tomorrow as you were today before the NY State Senate voted with their conscience.

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

      And by downward spiral you mean- that people like you are slowly dying off (or realizing that you've been hateful and bigoted)...then yes, I agree with you.

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

      Gotta love all this "tolerance" from the libs. "Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views."
      — William F. Buckley Jr

      June 24, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Possum

    Congratulations, NY! Equality wins out in NY at 10:30pm, New York time. America, soon to follow.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Straight Pride

    Wow thats "Gay".

    June 24, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      It sure is, in every literal sense of the word.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Leah

    Because your Boston Terrier isn't a consenting adult.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • JerryLaster

      dont push YOUR morals on my pet

      June 24, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • darlene

      MY rule is,, a gay lover isn't a consenting terrier, its MY truth, there you have it, dont push your morals on others saying they cant love their animal, so hypocritical

      June 24, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jewell

    This is wrong on so many levels. Marriage is Sacred. It is between a man and a woman ONLY!

    June 24, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • scstarr


      June 24, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • MS

      Actually in most of human history marriage has been between one many and many women. Even your Bible reflects this. King Solomon had many wives

      June 24, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      I love this argument. "I'm right, period! Who cares if I have no legal or logical reason behind my position!" 😀

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

      IF you don't like it, go hide out in your Country Club with pews...

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

      Only problem with that, Jewell, sweetie, is that the Good Book never specified HOW MANY of those women one man could keep marrying...But then I suppose you're one of these types who would "Stand By Their Man", even after finding out he's got a wife in each of the other 49 states. WITH children. After all, the Book also says "be fruitful and multiply." So you won't mind, will ya? Not in Jesus' name!

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

      Sacred as the multiple divorces and remarriages of so many. Outlaw Divorce first and then, we can talk about sacred.

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

      Amen to that a voice of reason (apparently this was psted as a reply to the wrong posting. It was meant for this one.)

      June 26, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
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