Update: Gov. Andew Cuomo signs the Marriage Equality Act just hours after Senate’s passage. Story here.
Statement from Evan Wolfson, Founder and President, of Freedom to Marry:
In a historic vote just moments ago, the New York Senate passed a bill securing the freedom to marry for all committed and loving couples. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who championed the bill, will sign the bill into law.
We owe this immense triumph to the work we’ve done together, friend.
New York is the largest state in the country to end marriage discrimination. With this victory in New York, we have doubled the number of Americans who live in states with the freedom to marry. Together, we are changing hearts and minds and building the kind of successful campaign it will take to win marriage nationwide.
Winning the freedom to marry in New York is without a doubt a watershed moment for our country and our campaign.
The unprecedented support we garnered from Republicans as well as Democrats, businesspeople as well as labor workers, and even pro athletes as well as clergy, demonstrates how mainstream ending the exclusion of gay and lesbian couples from marriage has become.
Thank you and congratulations!