New York becomes the sixth state to legalize gay marriage. After contentious negotiations, New York legislatures passed a bill to legalize gay marriage and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law late Friday evening, June 24, 2011. Legal gay marriage will begin by late July, pending any court challenges. The news spread went viral, with many celebrating the latest victory in marriage equality. Full Article.
The federal government of the United States does not recognize same-sex marriages and is prohibited from doing so by the Defense of Marriage Act. Same-sex marriages are currently granted by six of the 50 states and one federal district. In Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Washington, D.C., marriages for same-sex couples are legal and currently performed. In Rhode Island, and Maryland, same-sex marriages are recognized, but not performed. California recognizes same-sex marriages performed during six months in 2008 after its Supreme Court granted same-sex couples the right to marry and before the passage of Proposition 8, which overturned the court’s decision. Hawaii and New Jersey allow civil unions.
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