The state Senate passed the Marriage Equality Act 33-29 Friday night.
Earlier in the evening, the Assembly passed amendments to the bill that included increased protections for religious organizations that choose not to participate in same-sex marriages.
Andrew Cuomo signed the bill shortly before midnight on Friday. It takes effect 30 days after his signature.
Recaps, quotes and pics from the vote after the jump...
Senator Stephen Saland -- a Republican from Poughkeepsie (that's him on the right) who was a big part of the effort to write the amendment that extends protections allowing religious orgs to opt out of participating in same-sex marriage -- was the 32nd and deciding vote.
Saland conceded his decision would "disappoint a significant number of people." He explained his vote during statements ahead of the amendment vote:
"I have to define doing the right thing as treating all persons with equality and that equality includes within the definition of marriage. And to do otherwise would fly in the face of my upbringing."
"I feel if my parents were here they would have told me I have done the right thing."
The statements ahead of the vote on the actual bill were at times touching -- and cranky.
Said Ruben Diaz, the most vocal opponent of same-sex marriage in the Senate: "God settled the issue of marriage a long time ago." He then ran over his time and refused to stop when Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy asked him to stop.
Tom Duane, Democrat from Manhattan who's openly gay, then talked about the struggles he's faced and the progress that's been made, and the significance to him of legalizing same-sex marriage: "Marriage says that we are a family. [My partner] Louis and I are a family. Marriage strengthens all families."
Mark Grisanti, a Republican from near Buffalo, represented the 33rd vote in favor of the bill. He explained that he struggled with the idea of same-sex marriage because of his Catholic upbringing, but ultimately, "I cannot legally come up with an argument against same-sex marriage. ... I cannot deny that right for someone or stand in the way of obtaining the rights that I have."
The votes by Senators from the greater Capital Region:
Yes: Neil Breslin, Roy McDonald
No: Hugh Farley, Betty Little
The crowd outside the chamber erupted when the finally tally was announced. At one point there were more than 40,000 people watching the vote on the Senate live online feed.
Next up: a signature from Andrew Cuomo. Said the governor in a statement: "With the world watching, the Legislature, by a bipartisan vote, has said that all New Yorkers are equal under the law. With this vote, marriage equality will become a reality in our state, delivering long overdue fairness and legal security to thousands of New Yorkers."
He said later in a press conference: "This state, at its finest, is a beacon for social justice." And: "Tonight I am especially proud to be a New Yorker." He also gave a shoutout to Roy McDonald, calling him and others "people of courage and principle."
Cuomo signed the bill at 11:55 pm Friday. The law takes effect 30 days after his signature.
New York will become the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage.
A few scenes from the Capitol
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