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Gay marriage approved in New York

This is no gossip! Since Friday, gay marriages are approved in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo made same-sex marriages legal. This makes New York the sixth state in the US to promote marriage equality laws, Reuters reports.

Cuomo, who is in his first year of office, says his vote is one step towards the evolution of the society. “This vote today will send a message across the country. This is the way to go, the time to do it is now, and it is achievable; it’s no longer a dream or an aspiration. I think you’re going to see a rapid evolution.”

New York citizens of the same gender who want to get married will have to wait 30 more days for their weddings to legally take place. However, the law does not compel religious institutions and other religious forms of organizations, such as non profit groups with religious affiliations, to officiate the same-sex marriages. It will be up to the couples to find the institutions that will help them tie the knot.

Not only they can get married, but gay rights include also the possibility of divorce. Republican Senator Stephen Saland who voted for the law stated that gay people will have equal right regarding marriage as any other people, regardless to their romantic preferences. “I have to define doing the right thing as treating all persons with equality and that equality includes within the definition of marriage.”

The church, as expected, did not receive the passing of the law as a positive direction of where thing are going. The bishop of the New York’s Catholic Church said that the church has nothing against gay movement and it treats al people with equal respect. Nevertheless, marriage, as an institution has no sense in the same gender marriage.
“We always treat our homosexual brothers and sisters with respect, dignity and love. But we just as strongly affirm that marriage is the joining of one man and one woman” he said in the statement.

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