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.
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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