New York Passes Civil Marriage Bill

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The New York State Senate last night passed a bill that extends the right to marry to all couples, regardless of gender, in a 33-29 vote. The victory is a result of the long hours of lobbying by LGBTQ organizations and supporters of marriage equality.

“Love and fairness wins the day for all New Yorkers and our families. Today is a historic day and a victory for equality and justice – it is the culmination of many years of work by the Pride Agenda and others across the state,” said Ross D. Levi, Executive Director of the Empire State Pride Agenda, in a written statement. “We are thrilled that finally all loving, committed New Yorkers will be able to make the commitment of marriage here in the Empire State.

The groups received a revived hoped when NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a push in the weeks leading up to the vote for marriage equality.

“This state has a proud tradition and a proud legacy as the progressive capital of the nation,” he said in a statement last Friday. “We led the way, and it’s time for New York to lead the way once again.”

The bill was previously approved by the state legislature’s lower house, the State Assembly, controlled by the democratic party in a 80-63 vote. New York now becomes the 6th and largest state to recognize the right to marry.

Shortly after passing, Gov. Cuomo signed the bill into law.

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