New York Approves Gay Marriage

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People in the Senate gallery react to the passage of gay marriage at the Capitol in Albany, New York on Friday, June 24, 2011.

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Supporters of same sex marriage celebrate after Senate members voted and approved same-sex marriage at the capitol in Albany, New York, Friday, June 24, 2011. New York lawmakers narrowly voted to legalize same-sex marriage Friday, handing activists a breakthrough victory in the state where the gay rights movement was born. New York will become the sixth state where gay couples can wed and the biggest by far.

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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, New York, Friday, June 24, 2011. 

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Colin Cunliffe, left, and Brewster McCall, right, of Manhattan, celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York State outside the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street, Friday, June 24, 2011, in New York. The measure passed, 33-29, following weeks of tense delays and debate. 

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Revelers celebrate in front of the historic gay bar The Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village after the passing of a bill legalizing gay marriage in New York state on June 24, 2011. New York now joins Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. in legally recognizing gay marriage.

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Revelers celebrate in front of the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan's West Village following the passing of the same-sex marriage bill by a vote of 33 to 29, Friday, June 24, 2011. Same-sex marriage is now legal in New York after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that was narrowly passed by state lawmakers Friday, handing activists a breakthrough victory in the state where the gay rights movement was born. The gay rights movement is considered to have started with the Stonewall riots in New York City's Greenwich Village in 1969. 

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Revelers celebrate the passage of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in New York State outside the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street, Friday, June 24, 2011, in New York. The measure passed, 33-29, following weeks of tense delays and debate. 

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Revelers celebrate in front of the historic gay bar The Stonewall Inn after the passing of a bill legalizing gay marriage in New York state on June 24, 2011 in New York City. New York now joins Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. in legally recognizing gay marriage.

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Revelers celebrate in front of the historic gay bar The Stonewall Inn in New York City after the passing of a bill legalizing gay marriage in New York state on June 24, 2011. New York state now joins Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. in legally recognizing gay marriage.

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Sara Baumann (L) and Shea Leibfreid (R) kiss after the New York state legislature voted to legalize same-sex marriage in the West Village neighborhood of New York, on June 24, 2011. New York will become the sixth state in the United States where gay couples can wed.

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