The New York Senate has just voted 33-29 to approve the same-sex marriage law in the Empire State, making it the sixth state in the United States where marriage between two members of the same sex will be legal.
The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) shared, “This is a historic day for our movement and for New Yorkers who will finally be able to enjoy the same freedom to decide whether and who to marry that other New Yorkers have long enjoyed. All couples deserve to express their love and commitment through marriage if they choose to do so, and today’s vote is one more step toward recognizing the true diversity of families and the full equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people nationwide.”
Gay Rights advocate and ally, Cyndi Lauper, stated following the win, “I am inspired by all of my fellow New Yorkers who stood with us and showed your support by contacting your state representatives, attending rallies and encouraging your family and friends to get involved. It is because of great citizens like you that civil rights for all, especially gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, continue to advance in this country.”
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) released their own statement, saying, “At the heart of this vote are loving and committed New Yorkers who simply want the same thing all Americans want: the ability to take care of the people they love and to protect their families,” said GLAAD’s Senior Director of Programs Herndon Graddick. “Gay and lesbian New Yorkers are now one step closer to the vital legal protections that marriage affords and which all couples need.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign the bill into law. For some historical perspective, the Stonewall Riots took place in New York on June 28, 1969. In four days, it will be the 42nd anniversary of the day that changed a nation and sparked a civil rights movement within the LGBT community. This weekend is also Pride Weekend for many states, making tonight’s monumental vote even more magical.