Gay marriage passes in NY State

Gay Marriage in New York State

After weeks of intense wrangling, the New York State Senate has passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.

The legislators voted 33-29 on Friday night, and now Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign the bill into law. Following his signature, gay couples can take their vows after 30 days, though religious institutions and groups with religious affiliations will not be required to officiate at such weddings.

New York joined Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Iowa and the District of Columbia in legally recognizing same-sex marriage.

Congratulations to the LGBT community there!