Same Sex Marriage Now Legal in New York

Last Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a law that will legally allow same-sex marriage in New York. With the addition of New York City, there are now six states in the United States which include Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia where gay marriage is legal. In Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois and New Jersey, only civil unions are allowed.

According to Cuomo who is in his first year of office, it’s like bringing social justice to the next level. 30 days after the law was signed, gay weddings will be allowed already in the city of New York. However, religious institutions and nonprofit groups with religious affiliations are not obligated to be part of it. And in addition, gay couples will also be allowed to file for divorce.

There were hundreds of people outside New York City’s Stonewall Inn and in the Senate gallery in the state capital Albany that Friday evening waiting for the decision of the legislators. When the final number of votes was announced, lots of people were delighted and rejoiced. Many gay couples are relieved that finally they can get married. However, this was not good news for the Catholic Bishops in New York. They were disappointed because they still believe that marriage should still be between a man and a woman.

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