Front pages in NY feature historic passage of same-sex marriage law

Late Friday night, the New York State Senate passed by 33 to 29 a bill that gives same-sex partners the right to marry. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law almost 90 minutes later, at 11:55 p.m. Thirty days from its passage, same-sex couples can apply for a marriage license. New York becomes the 6th state to pass a same-sex marriage law, but the first with a Republican-controlled legislature. Four Republicans and 29 Democrats voted in favor of it.

At least 50,000 people watched the vote via live stream from the Senate, according to a tweet from the legislature’s account.

Brian Stelter tweeted: “For the record, per TVEyes: NY same-sex marriage vote was covered for 60+ mins by MSNBC & CNN. It was covered for 2 min by Fox News.”

Here’s how the decision was announced on New York’s front pages Saturday (via the Newseum):

Daily News

The New York Times
The Post-Journal (Jamestown, N.Y.)
The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
The Post-Star
The Buffalo News
Staten Island Advance
Niagara Gazette
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

The New York Post and Newsday both had unfortunate juxtapositions on their front pages.

New York Post

Several New York papers — including The Wall Street Journal weekend edition, the Poughkeepsie Journal, and the Adirondack Daily Enterprise — went to press before the vote.

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  • rasc alina

    Why is it so important that ALL the newspapers cover this story as their FRONT PAGE HEADLINE ?!? all of them except one carried it, isn’t that ENOUGH ?

  • rasc alina

    Why is it

  • Poynter

    Thanks, Lillie. I’m really glad you are appreciating them. I like going through the papers and organizing them so they form a narrative of their own. There’s a bit of grunt work (resizing the images) but it’s totally worth the investment of time when the story’s as worth telling as this one was. –Julie Moos (

  • Anonymous

    The Post is hilarious. (I am laughing AT you Post, not with you.)

  • Lillie Ruby

    To whoever at Poynter did the grunt work to get these posted, thanks! Great to see them all in one place.

  • Anonymous

    One for the Daily News.

  • Alex Abramowicz

    The New York Post . . . phfffiiitttt.