News that a “marriage equality” measure was headed toward passage Friday night was greeted by cheers and shouts among members of the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates attending the organization’s summer meeting in Cooperstown.
After a week of nail-biting negotiations and appeals to conscience, the Senate voted, 33-29, to give final approval to a bill, A-08354, that recognizes gay marriage in New York. The proposal passed with the support of every Democrat but one and four Republicans. Govenor Andrew M. Cuomo immediately signed a measure that he had made one of his top priorities.
“This is great news for all New Yorkers,” Stephen Younger, the immediate past president of the state bar, said in an interview after the vote was announced.
It was only two years ago that the state bar’s policymaking body, also in Cooperstown, voted to endorse state recognition of same-sex marriage.
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