New York State Senate passes bill on marriage equality in a decision hailed as a turning point for gay activists in the U.S.New York State
became the latest and the United States to legalize gay marriage, a move that gay rights activists hope will be a turning point for the recognition of these unions across the country.
support of the State Senate in the marriage equality bill means that New York, the third most populous state in the United States, joined Connecticut, Iowa , Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington, the Capital District to allow homosexual couples to marry.
gay marriages should begin within 30 days after the governor, Andrew Cuomo, signed into law on Friday night. The state Republican-controlled Senate voted 33-29 in favor of the project had been approved earlier by the House of Representatives, which has a Democratic majority.
gay rights activists think the vote will strengthen the campaign for marriage equality across the country, including the impact of the legislation will be felt far beyond New York.
Unlike Massachusetts, the first state to allow gay marriage in 2004, people should not be residents of New York to get a marriage license, so the state could attract couples throughout the country.
activists believe that the size of government and the international stature of New York in addition to the importance of voting.
Ross Levi, executive director of the Agenda of the Empire State Pride, said the law would have "a domino effect across the nation."
"It is truly a historic night for love, our families, and democracy won," he said.
The vote was particularly poignant for many in the gay community and gay rights movement is considered to have begun in New York with the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village in 1969.revelers photos published on the celebrations on Twitter, including rainbow flags and dancing. The vote is likely to be held in the annual gay pride events this weekend, culminating with a parade in New York, San Francisco and other cities on Sunday.