New York’s senate voted 33-29 in favor of marriage between same-sex people on Friday, making it the sixth state to pass such legislation.
The measure was immediately signed into law by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“This vote today will send a message across the country: this is the way to go, the time to do it is now, and it is achievable,” he said in a news conference. “It’s no longer a dream or an aspiration. I think you’re going to see a rapid evolution.”
The legislation allows marriages to begin in the state in 30 days. The legislation allows religious and nonprofit organizations which disagree from taking part in the weddings.