[UPDATE] 6-27-11 7:53 AM
New York is now the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law on Friday. 6-24
The move comes during Gay and Lesbian Pride month.
People around the U-S have mixed reaction to the news.
People took to the streets in cities across the U.S. over the weekend celebrating gay and lesbian pride month.
New York City's annual Gay Pride Parade took on special meaning with Friday's legalization of same-sex marriage.
"It's just really great to know that finally here that everyone else can have the same rights and be able to get married and you know show the love that they have. It's amazing."
"We're totally supportive of anybody - everybody should have equal rights, gay people should have the right to love and cherish each other and be married."
Not everyone shares the same sentiment.
In Chicago, vandals slashed the tires on dozens of floats for the city's 42nd annual Gay Pride Parade.
Officials there believe the parade was the target, since nothing else was damaged.
New York's same sex marriage bill passed Friday night with an amendment to protect religious groups from litigation.
Even so, New York's Catholic bishops expressed disapproval Sunday.
Archbishop Timothy Dolan (Archdiocese of New York) says:
"I'm just sad because I -- it's -- it's not good for the -- It's not good for the common good, and that's what we've been arguing for so long. It's just that I think as society and culture is at its peril if we presume to tamper with what is settled and given and already taught us and cherished for the history of civilization. I was disappointed."
New York's same sex marriage law will take effect July 24'th.
[UPDATE] 6-26-11 5:33 PM by Ashley Mitchem--
New York isn't the first state to legalize same-sex marriage but it is the largest.
The bill passed on Friday (6-24) and since then it's been the topic of conversation for a lot of people.
Surveys show that support for same-sex marriage is growing. Currently about 53 percent of Americans are in favor of same-sex marriage. That's risen from 15 years ago at 27 percent.
There are now six states that have legalized the ceremonies. Some people think New York will spark other states to follow suit. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 37 states have laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
[UPDATE] 6-25-11 7:33 PM --
NEW YORK (AP) -- Although many obstacles still lie ahead,
supporters of same-sex marriage hope a historic victory in New York
will build momentum for their cause nationwide.
Legislators approved a bill late Friday making New York the
sixth -- and by far the most populous -- state to legalize same-sex
Activists hope the vote will help convince judges and politicians across the country -- including President Barack Obama -- that support of same-sex marriage is now a mainstream viewpoint and a winning political stance.
Fred Sainz of the Human Rights campaign says New York's law
"sends the message that marriage equality across the country is a
question of `when,' not `if."'
Action by Congress or the Supreme Court will likely be needed if
same-sex marriage is to be recognized nationally.
Albany, NY (AP) - Gay marriage will become legal in New York
state after the Republican-led state Senate voted to approve it.
Advocates are calling it a historic step as New York stands to
become the sixth but by far the largest state to legalize same-sex
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo lobbied hard for the bill and has
promised to sign it.
The Senate vote is viewed as a major gain in an effort to allow
gay marriage nationally.
It comes the day after President Barack Obama encouraged
lawmakers to support gay rights during a fundraiser with New York
City's gay community.
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