Last night Gov. Andrew Cuomo
signed a bill insituting gay marriage in New York state. The
Republican-led senate, which was the last remaining obstacle to the
bill’s passage, voted for the bill 33-29 earlier in the evening.
Four Republicans voted for the bill, which includes broader
religious freedom provisions than other same-sex marriage bills
that have become law.
New York will start performing gay marriages in 30 days. It is
now the largest state that allows gay marriage.
In all, last night was a massive victory for Cuomo. He had
pushed for gay marriage from the start, and the bill represents a
signature achievement for him. The legislature also passed a number
of other important measures last night, include caps on property
tax hikes. With this bill under his belt and sky-high approval
ratings, Cuomo already has to be thought of as a
major Democratic player on the national scene.
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