Late into the evening on June 24, 2011, the New York Senate legalized marriage for gay and lesbian couples by a 33-29 margin.
The New York State assembly—-the lower house of the New York Legislature—had passed the bill a week earlier for the fourth time in four years.
Following the vote, Governor Cuomo, who had pressed for its passage, signed the bill just five minutes before midnight. This landmark action is a tremendous victory in the fight for LGBT rights. Though still denied benefit eligibility at the federal level, same-sex couples who become married in New York State will now enjoy more than 1,300 benefits that were previously available only to heterosexual couples.
New York joins only six other U.S. states and jurisdictions that recognize same-sex marriage, including Connecticut, District of Columbia, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
Theta Nu Xi celebrates this civil rights victory for LGBT couples. Hear from two Theta Nu Xi members, living in New York, both of whom have been personally affected by the passage of this bill. CLICK HERE to read more.
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