New York Approves Gay Marriage

    Supporters of same sex-marriage celebrate after Senate members voted and approved the same-sex marriage bill 33-29 during a session of the New York state Senate at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., Friday, June 24, 2011.

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    New York has legalized same-sex marriage, becoming the sixth state to do so and by far the largest. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law Friday night. "I am very proud of New York and I'm very proud of the statement we made today," he said. The law will go into effect in 30 days, meaning same-sex couples will be able to get married as early as the end of July. The legislation went down to the wire in a late vote Friday, when four Republicans eventually swung toward a final tally of 33-29.

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