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Photo: Rainbow state

The Empire State Building, already decked out in its rainbow finest this weekend for the annual Gay Pride events, became a Twitter sensation overnight as this (undated, but not recent) photo went viral in celebration of New York's passage of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.

If you have some of the same Facebook friends I do, your news feed looked something like this at midnight: “New York!!” “NY, ya did good!” “Good job, NY” as if the state were a big, slow dog that had finally sauntered out from under the tree where it had been dozing and started to run. Yes, the state Senate finally ushered in a new era of equality, civil rights and really fun parties late last night by approving a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.

The Republican-dominated Senate approved the bill 33-29, following on the heels of the Assembly, which OK’d the bill last week. Gov. Andrew Cuomo had made the law his personal mission for months, rallying the Democratic senators around the cause and orchestrating the efforts of several gay rights advocacy groups. All but one Democratic senator supported the bill, while four Republicans backed it. Two years ago, the Democrat-controlled Senate resoundingly defeated a similar measure.

New York is the largest state to approve same-sex marriage, joining five others — Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, plus the District of Columbia. A majority of states have an explicit ban, whether by statute or constitutional amendment, on same-sex marriage or civil unions.

Among those not happy about the decision were the Roman Catholic bishops of New York, who worried that “both marriage and the family will be undermined by this tragic presumption of government.”

The law goes into effect July 24, which means I’d better start working on fitting into that Catherine Malandrino dress. It could be a festive fall.

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  • Rp Houston

    Awesome, Catherine! My wife and I love being married to each other, and you and your loved one should enjoy everything the institution has to offer. As Andrew Shepard (yeah, yeah, Michael Douglas, but bear with me here) once said, “America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it
    bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say “You want free
    speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood
    boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs
    that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.”

    Good things come to those who wait. God bless America.

  • Rodney Reeves

    I think a slight correction is in order.  Iowa did not approve (vote on) same sex marriage.  The courts ruled on it, and the legislature refused to consider a vote, thanks to leadership’s refusal.

  • Kristi

    Ah, but for now it’s legal and a “approve” does not necessarily mean “vote on.” You’d be surprised how many progressive initiatives came out of Iowa.

  • Erik-2901