On Friday (June 24) New York made same-sex marriage legal. As the sixth and largest state to pass the law, the decision couldn’t have come at a better time–Gay Pride Week. New York’s passage of the bill is huge, considering the size of the state as well as its place as the starting point of the gay rights movement.
After weeks of debate between Governor Cuomo and opposition in the Senate, the bill finally passed 33-29. It couldn’t have passed, though, without a bit of compromise and a willingness to set political differences aside in the name of equality. “F*** it, I don’t care what you think. I’m trying to do the right thing,” said Republican Roy McDonald.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered his sentiments as well. “By welcoming all people–no matter where they are from, what faith or philosophy they follow, or whom they love–New York became the strongest, most dynamic city in the world. And today, we are even stronger than we were yesterday.”
He also acknowledged the Republican senators who voted yes by saying, “…not only is marriage equality consistent with bedrock American principles, but it is also consistent with bedrock Republican Party principles of liberty and freedom–and the Republicans who stood up today for those principles will long be remembered for their courage, foresight and wisdom.”
Joy on the streets of NYC was abundant as the Gay Pride parade took place along Fifth Avenue on Sunday. Twitter was abound with a ton of pride traffic as well, including tweets by celeb supporters like Lady Gaga, Pink, John Legend, Ellen DeGeneres, Lindsay Lohan, Katy Perry and Perez Hilton. Gaga was so happy she tweeted that she couldn’t stop crying followed by, “The revolution is ours to fight for love, justice+equality. Rejoice NY, and propose. We did it!!!”
Indeed, we did. Cheers, New York!
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