25 Jun '11, 3am

Gay marriage to be legalised soon in New York, becoming the largest US state by far with this legislation.

Gay marriage to be legalised soon in New York, becoming the largest US state by far with this legislation.

Senator Thomas Duane, left and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo talk in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol in Albany, New York, after gay marriage was legalised after a vote on June 24, 2011. -- PHOTO: AP NEW YORK - NEW York lawmakers narrowly voted to legalise same-sex marriage on Friday, handing activists a breakthrough victory in the state where the American gay rights movement was born. New York will become the sixth state where gay couples can wed and the biggest by far. Gay rights advocates are hoping the vote will galvanise the movement around the US and help it regain momentum after an almost identical bill was defeated here in 2009 and other similar measures failed in recent years. Though New York is a relative latecomer in allowing gay marriage, it is considered an important prize for advocates, given the state's size and New York City's international stature and it...

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