On Friday Governor Cuomo, who introduced the measure, signed a law in effect making same-sex marriages legal in New York. New York is the 6th state to allow same-sex marriages. New York is also the most populous state. This law was passed thirty three to twenty nine by the State senators Friday evening.
In thirty days, same-sex weddings can start happening even though nonprofit groups with affiliates with religion and religious institutions will not have to perform the ceremonies. It will be their choice if they do or not. In addition to giving gay couples the right to get married the legislation is also giving gay couples the right to get divorce just like any married couple.
The other states that allow same-sex marriages are Iowa, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, District of Columbia, and New Hampshire. Civil unions are approved in Hawaii, Illinois, Delaware, and New Jersey. Unfortunately, there are thirty nine states were same-sex marriage is not legal and banned.
In California, a ban was overturned on same-sex marriage by a judge which means no weddings can happen while the decision is being appealed. In 2004, in Massachusetts is where the first legal same-sex marriage took place.
New York Assembly legalizes gay marriage, Cuomo signs bill
The State Column, on Sat, 25 Jun 2011 07:18:14 -0700
In a historic vote the New York state Senate voted in favor of legalizing gay marriage, a bill that was later signed into law by New York governor Andrew Cuomo, making New York the most populous state to legalize marriage thus far. …
New York Becomes the Latest — and Largest — State to Allow Gay Marriage
National Journal, on Sat, 25 Jun 2011 07:15:19 -0700
By National Journal staff A reveler waves a gay-pride flag in front of the historic gay bar The Stonewall Friday night after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill legalizing gay marriage in New York state. In reversal of fortune for gay-rights advocates, …
NY becomes 6th state to legalize gay marriage
WBRC, on Sat, 25 Jun 2011 00:59:23 -0700
Pending any court challenges, legal gay marriages can begin in New York by late July after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed his bill into law just before midnight Friday. At New York City’s Stonewall Inn, the Greenwich Village pub that spawned the gay rights …