Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a marriage equality bill that allows the gay community to marry in the same manner as heterosexuals. The bill passed the Republican-controlled Senate on Friday night, making New York the sixth state to legalize gay marriage.
The bill passed the legislature with a relatively close 33-29 vote. This is the first time a Republican majority has approved a bill of this kind. The bill allows same sex couples to marry within 30 days, and opposition groups had spent millions to try to stop it.
“We worry that both marriage and the family will be undermined by this tragic presumption of government in passing this legislation that attempts to redefine these cornerstones of civilization,” the state’s Catholic bishops said in a joint statement.
Opposition groups have promised to take retaliatory political action against any Republican who supported the measure. There were four Republicans who supported the bill. Governor Cuomo applauded the Republican Senators who supported the measure, stating that they were “people of courage.”
“I think it was politically more dangerous for a Republican,” Cuomo said. “The conservative party was threatening them with consequences … and they did it anyway.”