Breaking: New York Senate Votes To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in New York cleared the last major hurdle with a 33-to-29 vote in the state Senate, sending the bill to the governor’s desk for his expected approval.

Care2 Victory!

Victory for Care2! Thank you to over 10,000 Care2 members who signed our petition calling on Republican Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to set an example for the rest of his party and vote yes on the bill to support same-sex marriage in New York.

A vote on the measure, which the state Assembly passed June 15, had been stalled in the Senate. But it turned a corner Friday, according to Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, after lawmakers agreed on an amendment pushed by Republicans to protect religious groups from potential litigation.

Currently, the District of Columbia and five states — Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont and New Hampshire — grant same-sex marriage licenses.

New York The Largest State To Permit Same-Sex Marriage

From The Washington Post:

The New York Senate voted Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, assuring adoption of the measure and making New York the largest state to permit such unions.

Given the stateís population, the vote essentially doubles the number of Americans who can gain access to same-sex marriage licenses, which previously have been available in five states and the District of Columbia.

The measure, a priority of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), had passed the Democratic-controlled State Assembly last week but stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The 33 to 29 vote came after days of tense negotiations, extending the stateís legislative session about a week after its scheduled end and drawing crowds of protesters on both sides of the issue into the Capitol daily. Each morning brought rumors that the issue would finally come up for a vote; each night, the Senate adjourned without a resolution on the issue.

Gay Couplew Free To Marry Within 30 Days

Once the bill is signed by the governor, gay couples will be able to wed within 30 days.

The billís passage is being viewed as a milestone nationally because it is the first time a GOP-controlled chamber has approved gay marriage.

The LBGT community thanks you, Care2 members!

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W. C1 months ago


William C
William C2 months ago

Thank you.

Steven F.
Steven Finch5 years ago

Just remeber this one thing"God doesn't make mistakes young or old,black,white,red or yellow,gay,bi,str8 or lesbian WE were all born this way"

Carl Milson
Past Member 5 years ago

Oh one last note: We did hit the front pages of the local Newspapers Gravenhurst Banner and Bracebridge Examiner. Heading: Couple's wedding makes History! First legally same-sex partners in Muskoka.
I'm not sure if you can check it out in the archives of these papers, but if you can read the stories it was all positive.
I'm sorry some people are against it, when people like us dont cause any harm to anyone or anything.
Hope people will understand one day how it is to live our lives that we've been discriminated against for so many years and are still receiving the discrimination.
Your friends,
Carl Milson & Shane Carr

Carl Milson
Past Member 5 years ago

Wow, this turned out to be a hot topic!
I'm gay and I live in Toronto Canada. Same Sex Marriage was accepted in our Country of Canada in June 2003. I was married to my partner of over 10years on June 15th, 2003. We are still together and very happy.
During this time it was very controversial. We lived in a small town north of Toronto in Gravenhurst. The community and surrounding communities new us for a period of 5 years operating a pet business called A Touch of Love-Muskoka's Spaw for Pets. Trusting us with their pets and getting to know us we changed many views about this topic as they got to know us and accepted us. If we didnt receive 100 bottles of champagne the following week from the communities than we didnt receive one. We were welcomed and thanked by others for bringing awareness and better understanding to gay marriage. We are good people and we just wanted to make a commitment to each other. We are no different than any other couple wanting to commit to each other.
What is wrong with the idea if two people love each other why cant we bond the commitment in marriage? Well, I guess Canada is more progressive than other countries? It's worked in our country and we have many followers from other countries visiting Canada to do the same thing. Its good we are talking about it and listening to each other view points.
I'm a professional hard working compassionate person as well is my partner.
Your friend
Carl Milson

Henriette Matthijssen

Feelings of Love is uncontrollable, emotion is something that we humans have no control over! If we were all blind would we be able to differentiate between sexes! I did not think so, but I believe that all humans are entitled to equal rights when it comes to feelings of the heart! What one is, therefore is personal & should not take away from their basic human rights & freedom. God loves all his children regardless, so mankind should stay the heck out of judging others.

Ellie Damann
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Miranda Lyon
Miranda Lyon5 years ago


Tracey W.
Tracey W5 years ago

I'm so proud of New York!

Sydney M.
Sydney M5 years ago

It never ceases to amaze me just how intolerant and hateful so many religious people are. God loves ALL HIS CHILDREN, INCLUDING GAYS AND LESBIANS!!! If you don't believe that the gay community should have the same rights as heterosexuals, then perhaps you should find a time machine and take yourself out of the 21st century. Enough with the HATE!