It’s Official— New York Legalizes Gay Marriage

by Beverly A. Pekala on June 27, 2011

New York has become the sixth and largest state to legalize same-sex marriage. After a long and arduous week of closed door negotiations, the New York state Senate passed the bill 33-29. Governor Cuomo, a long time supporter of gay marriage, signed the bill June 24, 2011.

The New York Assembly had passed a different version of the bill, but is expected to pass the latest version which includes stronger religious exemptions.  This means gay marriage will be allowed in New York beginning July 24, 2011, the first date that gay couples will be permitted to marry.

There is no requirement that gay couples wishing to marry be residents of New York . As a result, it is anticipated that New York will become a destination for gay couples across the country wishing to marry, given the many landmarks New York has to offer, including Central Park, Niagra Falls and the Hamptons .

The Independent Democratic Conference issued a report estimating that more than 21,000 same-sex couples from New York will marry in New York within the next three years, and that gay marriage wedding events will bring $284 million to New York State.

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