The state legalized gay marriage late Friday night prompting gay marriage street celebrations in the streets of New York City. In a down-to-the-wire vote, New York's Republican-controlled senate narrowly passed a marriage equality bill by just four votes -- 33 to It brought applause from the chamber floor and New York governor, Andrew Cuomo quickly signed the bill into law. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the passage of the legislation was "a historic triumph for equality and freedom. And today, we are even stronger than we were yesterday.
Gay Marriage Gets a Dutch Boost
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Of all things, historical and cultural, that link Amsterdam to New York, there is a particular bond that strikes a personal chord with Carolien Gehrels. Gehrels, the deputy mayor of Amsterdam, will be among a delegation of officials from the Netherlands who are flying to New York this weekend to attend gay pride celebrations and to embrace efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in New York State. Gehrels brings a personal perspective to the issue: she is married to a woman. More than 1, same-sex couples have been married in Amsterdam through , representing about 7 percent of all marriages performed there. Any civil servant, relative or friend of the couple who is authorized by the government and a judge can solemnize a marriage.
Gay Activists Alliance Zap at the New York City Marriage Bureau
Sunday was the first day gay couples could be legally married in New York. Hundreds lined up to say "I do. July 24,
At least 8, same-sex marriage licenses were issued in New York City in the last year, according to a statement from the mayor. The economic overtones of the gay marriage debate have been especially pronounced recently. Hundreds have signed up on Facebook to protest outside Chick-fil-A restaurants Wednesday night with same-sex embraces. Chick-fil-A steps out of public debate on gay marriage.