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.
Here’s how the decision was announced on New York’s front pages Saturday (via the Newseum):
The New York Post and Newsday both had unfortunate juxtapositions on their front pages.
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.