25 Jun '11, 5am

New York state Senate approves gay marriage

New York state Senate approves gay marriage

NEW YORK - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a Bill legalising gay marriage late Friday, delivering a powerful victory for gay rights advocates in one of the most populous and influential states of the union. Gay rights activists chanted and danced in the streets of New York city as news spread that the Republican-controlled state Senate had narrowly approved the "Marriage Equality Act". Cuomo signed the measure, which will take effect in 30 days, into law just before midnight Friday (0400 GMT). Cheers erupted in the Senate galleries in the state capital Albany when the legislators voted 33-29 to approve the measure after weeks of intense wrangling. The 29 Democratic Senators were joined by four Republicans, one more than the minimum needed to get the Bill approved. Cuomo, who had lobbied hard for the measure, beamed after it was approved. "Democracy works whe...

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