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Postby Guest » Sat Jun 25, 2011 3:07 am

Gay Marriage Now Legal in New York.flv

New York state votes to legalize gay marriage
New York on Friday night became the sixth and largest state in America to legalize gay marriage when senators voted to allow same-sex unions after protracted negotiations.
New York state votes to legalize gay marriage
New York became the sixth and largest state in America to legalize gay marriage Photo: REUTERS
Philip Sherwell

By Philip Sherwell, New York

10:27AM BST 25 Jun 2011

The state senate voted 33-29 in favour of the measure, breaking a previous 31-31 logjam, after two Republican senators said they would back the bill at the last minute.

For several days, the state capitol building in Albany had been packed by gay couples enthusiastically supporting the bill and religious critics who were just as fervently opposing it.

The vote will be the cause of huge celebrations in America at this weekend's annual gay pride festivities in New York.

Senator Stephen Saland, an upstate Republican, declared himself as the critical 32nd vote in favour on Friday night. Another Republican then joined two other members of his party who had already said they would back the bill, and 29 minority Democrats, to deliver the 33 votes.

In an emotional address, Mr Saland told fellow senators that he believed the issue was a question of equality.

"I know my vote is a vote of conscience," he told a hushed chamber. "I am at peace with my vote. It was a struggle. It was an extraordinary deliberation."

Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat who proposed the measure, signed the bill less than two hours after the vote, more than doubling the population of Americans for whom same-sex marriage is available.

The law will go into effect in New York in 30 days.

The measure was the final vote of a specially-extended legislative session. Republican leaders, who control the state senate, had been criticised for not scheduling a vote earlier.

But they allowed a vote after several days of intense negotiations and the addition of wording to protect religious institutions that oppose same-sex marriage.

Nonetheless, the New York State Catholic Conference, responding to the announcement of a vote, issued a statement declaring: "The Bishops of New York State oppose in the strongest possible terms any attempt to redefine the sacred institution of marriage."

But supporters of gay marriage celebrated through the night.

"Love is Love; Vote Yes," read the signs in their hands.

In Greenwich Village, crowds celebrated through the night outside the Stonewall Inn.

It was riots outside its predecessor in 1969 that effectively marked the start of the gay rights movement in the US. ... 2ba877339c

Postby greeney2 » Sat Jun 25, 2011 5:01 pm

Moved to General Forum from Battle forum. This is a legitimate news story posted.
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Postby bionic » Sun Jun 26, 2011 12:05 am

It's another chapter in the civil rights movement.
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Postby greeney2 » Thu Jul 14, 2011 9:45 am

I find it interresting that the outcry over these issues not passing made such an uproar, but when it passed in New York hardly a word has been said, by those who wanted it.
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