New York State Assembly Passes Marriage Equality Bill

Ny_small The New York State Assembly has passed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state by a vote of 89-52. The vote in 2007 was 85-61.

No date has been set for the Senate vote, which will be a much tougher battle than the Assembly. Congratulations to all, especially assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell, for securing passage of the bill as he did two years ago.

Said Alan van Capelle of the Empire State Pride Agenda: "The only remaining barrier to ending second-class status for gay and
lesbian families in New York is now the State Senate. To every single member of the State Senate I say this: The
landscape has shifted in New York. Do you want to be on the right side
or the wrong side of history when the story is written about how
marriage equality came to New York? Your grandchildren will want to
know how you voted on this important human rights issue. This is a
legacy vote."

Senate foes of marriage equality, led by Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., will hold a rally outside Governor David Paterson's Manhattan offices on Sunday, joined by the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization. Said Diaz: "We are demonstrating to show our dissatisfaction with the governor and the bill."


  1. Greg says

    Hi – been following these debates from Australia and (not really knowing your political system over there), does this vote mean that NY has now also recognised Same sex marriage, or is there another chamber (I keep reading about a ‘senate’ vote) that the bill has to go through?
    Cheers (and great site BTW – good to see the advances that the GLBTI community is making in the US – great encouragement for Oz!!!)

  2. Travis says

    I think it could maybe do it this time.

    This would be a huge win. To have one of the cultural centers of the nation embrace marriage equality would really bring the issue to the forefront.

    NY and NJ and a Hate Crimes bill by fall! Lets not Obamas inaction keep this justice train from a rollin’!

  3. JT says

    Travis: New York as a (debatable) cultural center will never have as powerful an effect as the more “Americana” states like Iowa and Maine doing it (and everybody seeing the sky didn’t fall).

  4. daftpunkydavid says

    does anyone know whether the assembly would need to hold another vote, were the senate to vote not in the next 6 weeks (before the current session is over) but say in september? do both houses need to vote in the same session? thanks!

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