So after years and years of battles within legislative, religious and LGBT communities raging, the bill that will allow SAME SEX COUPLES to marry has been passed in New York State. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill Friday, June 24, 2011. This makes New York the 6th state and the most populous to pass the controversial bill. State senators voted 33-29 to pass the bill that Cuomo (Dem) introduced this legislative year.
Gay marriage is still banned in 39 states.
New York’s Catholic bishops aren’t too enthused about this bill passing and are said to be “deeply disappointed and troubled” by the passage of the bill.
“We always treat our homosexual brothers and sisters with respect, dignity and love. But we just as strongly affirm that marriage is the joining of one man and one woman,” NY’s Catholic Conference said in a statement.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who lobbied state lawmakers recently as an advocate for gay marriage, said the vote was a “historic triumph for equality and freedom.”
“Together, we have taken the next big step on our national journey toward a more perfect union,” said Bloomberg.
Very historic day in LGBT and NYS history. Hopefully this is a gateway into more equality and fair treatment of the LGBT Community.
XXII: Stamp of Approval