26 Jun '11, 4am

New York legalises same-sex marriage

New York law-makers narrowly voted to legalise same-sex marriage on Friday, handing activists a breakthrough victory. New York will become the sixth state where gay couples can wed and the biggest by far. The New York Bill cleared the Republican-controlled state Senate on a 33-29 vote. The Democrat-led Assembly, which passed a different version last week, is expected to pass the new version with stronger religious exemptions. Same-sex couples can begin marrying 30 days after that. Gay rights advocates are hoping the vote will help the movement regain momentum after similar measures failed in recent years. AP

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