New York Assembly approves same-sex marriage

New York same sex marriageOn Wednesday, 15th of June 2011, New York state assembly approved a same sex marriage bill. The Marriage Equality Act passed the Assembly 80-63.

The debate included discussion of religious, traditions customs and families.

It was stated by Democratic Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell that, granting this right is an immense step towards achieving true equality for all in New York and also argued that he and his partner must be allowed to marry.

According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, this approval would entitle the same-sex couples equal rights to marry along with hundreds of rights, benefits and protections that are currently limited to the married couples of opposite sex.

This were also supported by Democratic Assemblymen Richard Gottfried and Micah Kellner by adding that the same is a Fundamental human right and is all about people’s happiness.

The Republicans defended their opposition saying that it did not mean they were intolerant.

And Nancy Calhoun, a Republican stated that, marriage to her has got a separate importance and it has to be done with a man and a woman.

Five States namely, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Lowa, Vermont and New Hampshire as well as the District of Columbia grant the licences for same sex marriage at present.

New York Assembly approves same-sex marriage

Report by Sharika