New York Legalizes Gay Marriage

In a landmark moment for the gay rights movement, New York has become the nation's sixth and most populous state where it is legal for same-sex couples to wed. The GOP-controlled New York Senate voted 33-29 to approve a bill legalizing gay marriage late Friday night. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo called New York a "beacon of social justice" after the vote and signed the measure into law shortly before midnight. Same-sex weddings in the Empire State, where the gay rights movement was born, are expected to begin in 30 days. The vote came after a week of negotiations between Gov. Cuomo and Republicans.

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