Governor Cuomo signs gay marriage into law

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed New York's gay marriage bill, starting what is expected to be a crush of gay
weddings starting in 30 days.

The Democratic governor signed the measure shortly before midnight Friday, following up on a promise to put his name on the legislation as soon as he received it rather than wait the usual ten days to sign it for it to become law.

New York lawmakers narrowly voted to legalize same-sex marriage, handing activists a breakthrough victory in the state where the gay rights movement was born.

New York will become the sixth state where gay couples can wed and the biggest by far, more than doubling the amount of gay people who are eligible to be married..

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