On June 24, 2011, 42 years after the gay rights movement began with the Stonewall Riots in New York City, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the Marriage Equality Act into New York State law. After a long political battle and a narrow 33-to-29 vote by the New York State Senate, New York joined Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia as the seventh (and most populous) jurisdiction to legalize the marriage of same-sex couples (we'll refer to ...

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