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. fairman97

    as long as this does not happen in pennsylvania it will all be ok

    June 24, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. obamayakyak

    Look at the string of vicious hate spewed by the pro-gay CNNIstas. My my my, what a group of fine upstanding Progressvies.

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

      You're right. The conservatives who want to marry their dog or their sister to make a point are just being "friendly".

      June 24, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jose

    Great news, I cannot wait till they legalize polygamic marriages as well, so I can stop living in sin !

    June 24, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Madison in utah? See ya...

      June 24, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mickey

    Absolutely disgusting! But then again this is Satan's system of things so I'm not surprised. This will all end very soon.

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

      Just like it did on May 21st eh? Oh it Oct. now? Or do you align with the Mayan prediction for Dec. ? Satan? Are you serious????? Do you believe in Santa Claus, too??

      June 24, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jaysin

    You people and your equal rights BS. Lets sleep with animals...if it fits why not?? As long as we are happy....

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

      if that's what floats your boat... so be it...

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

      gays are down with anything deviant. you should see some of the objects they shove up their ass!!

      June 26, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brandon

    Hey, reason finally wins over religion. Gay marriage legalized in New York, and I have yet to see god's wrath manifest itself... who'da thunk it? Next up: repealing Prop. 8

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

      I'm straight. I would be very happy for all my gay friends if they lived in New York. My Catholic family...probably not so happy. But most of them will come around and adjust and probably years from now, wonder what they were so het up about.

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

      Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Ecclesiastes 8:11.

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

      Hey, what's the difference between the bible and a gossip magazine? There isn't one. They're both useless publications full of conjecture with no proof to support themselves. And somehow millions of ignorant people read them and take everything to heart.

      If you can provide everyone here with a rational, reasonable, and logical (read: backed by scientific proof) argument about how gay marriage will somehow lead to the deterioration of society and downfall of the planet, then by all means, do so.

      We'll be here waiting.

      June 24, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Madison

      Ben... you got that off of "family radio", didn't you??? Now go send them another check before the world ends in May, er, I mean ...October???

      June 24, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mk2

    YES!!! The last great shiny object that keeps the GOP from actually fixing the country and saving it from brain dead liberals has arrived . It is a great day and hopefully all other states pass it as well and then abortion is next , and then the liberal party becomes extinct because all that is left is basic common fiscal sense for the GOP . I am a conservative and I can not possibly applaud new york harder than I am right now.

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

      New York is the most liberal (and disgusting) state in the US. They would pass anything. No surprise here. LOL.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ben

    Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind; it is abomination. Leviticus 18:22.

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

      how many adulterers have you stoned lately, since you seem so keen on leviticus?

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

      I support the death penalty for adultery. Sodomy, too. God says both are worthy of death.

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

      Wake up. Some guy who shared your prejudices wrote that. Perhaps you didn't get the memo. The Bible was written by old men, not God. And, BTW, those guys were probably writing that line to pass a hint to that few of their fellow clergy, who were lying down with young boys.

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

      Oops, you forgot to quote all the abominations listed right before and after that quote. Please quote in full and checkmark all the offenses you are guilty of, before cherry-picking a single line to justify your discrimination of another human being.

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

      So Ben here is the deal – you don't have to marry a dude. It is completely optional. Just don't presume to tell other people how to live – now that is an abomination.

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

      Ben: 2 things... 1) There is no god. 2) You know the bible was written by some guy named Harold that lived hundreds of years ago.... right???

      June 24, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rich

    im tired of gay rights advocates standing on the shoulders of those who started the civil rights movement. The original civil rights movement and what came out if it has been tarnished with the likes of Caligula...Shame and not a proud New Yorker.

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

      It was called the Civil Rights movement.. Not the Black Rights movement. Look up the definition of what Civil Rights are.. Or just look up Civility alone.

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

      I'm sorry you are tired by people gaining civil rights. Although I don't know why it would tire anyone – if you are not gay it will have no effect on you. Unless perhaps you are a bitter old bigot?

      June 24, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Granger

    now to get pedophilia, bestiality, incest and polygamy legalized! Bring them on – seems everything else is okay.

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

      Canadian popping over. It's truly shocking to see how ignorant some of you are. Can't you just let other people be happy?

      Don't you have better things to do than come on here and spew your hate? I take solace in the fact that you are fighting a losing battle.

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

      It never ceases to fascinate me - the way right-wing minds sink straight to the gutter.

      I'tm talkin' to you.

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

      No not "everything else is okay," really. Polygamy, possibly could gain some support, as it involves consenting adults – and it is in the bible, if that's any consolation. The other things you mentioned involve situations where adult consent would not be possible. However, if it's "your thang," you have a right to fight for it but I don't think you will get much support from gays, straights or pretty much, anyone else but maybe, some weirdos hanging out in dark basements.

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

      Grainger: That all sounds like my local catholic church...

      June 24, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jjcnyc

    Congratulations New York! The NY state senate just wrote the template for other states to follow suit.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    It is not sick and unnatural.
    I'm a straight man, and there is nothing about a gay man that disgusts me of makes me want to make love to him.
    I you think gays are sick and unnatural, YOU need to seek professional help, because there is something wrong with YOU, not with "them."

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

      Wow, Schizophrenic much? Your comment sounds like you are arguing with yourself, like one part of you hates the other. Hmm.

      June 24, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. I_Vote

    Let's hope Polygamy is legalized next!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 24, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Frank

    Great! Now gays can suffer equally in divorce, visitation and custody battles. Soon they will be able to pay the 'marriage penalty' tax too!

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

      Yes, Equality works that way; All share the joy and the burden of Society, equally.

      June 24, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • beachification

      Wow frank, you're smart! tool

      June 24, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. hmmmmmm

    soo, now that marriage is being re-defined... Does that now mean that polygamy and other "alternative" lifestyles should be legalized and accepted as well?? Just posing the ?....

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

      Gay marriage has been legal across Canada for seven years and we aren't having this debate, nor is Spain, Mass, Iowa and so on.

      Quit your fear mongering. There is a distinct difference between what two loving and consenting adults do in the privacy of their bedroom and child predators. Polygamy is similarly exploitative as it is almost polyarchy, amounting in practice to a form of discrimination/exploitation that views/treats women as inferior.

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

      Stupid autocorrect. I meant polygyny.

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


      Thanks for checking in here and injecting some common sense...something I see less and less of here in the US. This forum shows that clearly as I'm sure you realized in short order...welcome to my world. Pathetic, no?

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