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Governor Cuomo Signs New York Marriage Equality Bill Into Law

Late Friday night at 11:55 PM, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the state's historic marriage equality bill into law.  After a history making, bipartisan vote, the New York Senate today passed a widely popular marriage equality bill after the most aggressive state legislative campaign in the history of the LGBT rights movement. With Governor Cuomo’s signature of the bill, New York became the sixth state, plus the District of Columbia, where same-sex couples can legally marry.  Same-sex couples can begin applying for marriage licences in 30 days.

The successful vote today shows that marriage equality is a bipartisan, mainstream value that both chambers of the Legislature approved. HRC could not be more grateful to the decisive and model leadership of the Governor and bipartisan group of senators who listened to the supermajority of New Yorkers and got this done.

What happened in New York doesn’t stay in New York. The decisive  leadership of Governor Cuomo combined with the strong bipartisan support in the legislature will likely influence other states—New Jersey, Maryland, Rhode Island–that are considering extending marriage equality to their residents.

In the past year, a number of national polls (Washington Post/ABC News, Gallup, and CNN) have shown, for the first time, that a majority of the country supports marriage equality. Support for marriage equality has increased by 19 percentage points since 1996, according to the Pew Research Center.

With New York being the third most populous state in the country, a lot more LGBT couples are going to marry.  And the more who marry, the more people will see we’re no different than anybody else—wanting the best for our families, loved ones, and in many cases our kids. And it makes it harder to discriminate.

Congratulations to all involved in this huge victory!

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