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Revelers celebrate in Manhattan's West Village following the passing of the same sex marriage bill by a vote of 33 to 29. (June 24, 2011)

Same-sex marriage becomes law in New York

The same-sex marriage bill at the state's Capitol met much protest from both sides.

At Brookhaven Town Hall, Donna Lent, deputy town
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At Brookhaven Town Hall, Donna Lent, deputy town clerk of Brookhaven, explains to Dee Smith, left, and Kate Wrede of Patchogue, that the two are unable to file for a marriage license before July 24, 2011, until the same sex marriage law goes into effect. (July 8, 2011)

Kate Wrede, of Patchogue, and her partner, Dee
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Kate Wrede, of Patchogue, and her partner, Dee Smith, wait in line to file for a same-sex marriage license at Brookhaven Town Hall. (July 8, 2011)

Dee Smith, of Patchogue, changes the word groom
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Dee Smith, of Patchogue, changes the word groom to bride 1 while filing for a same-sex marriage license at Brookhaven Town Hall. (July 8, 2011)

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Revelers celebrate the passage of a bill legalizing
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Revelers celebrate the passage of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in New York State outside the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in Manhattan. (June 24, 2011)

Supporters of same sex-marriage celebrate after Senate members
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Supporters of same sex-marriage celebrate after Senate members voted and approved the same-sex marriage bill 33-29 during a session of the New York state Senate at the Capitol in Albany. (June 24, 2011)

Rebecca Jones of North Hampton, Mass., center, and
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Rebecca Jones of North Hampton, Mass., center, and Veronica Thoms, of Pelham, N.Y., celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York State outside the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street. (June 24, 2011)

Robert Moore of New York waves a pride
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Robert Moore of New York waves a pride flag outside the Capitol in Albany, after the state Senate passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. (June 24, 2011)

Revelers celebrate the passage of a bill legalizing
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Revelers celebrate the passage of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in New York State outside the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in Manhattan. (June 24, 2011)

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Colin Cunliffe, left, and Brewter Mccall of Manhattan,
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Colin Cunliffe, left, and Brewter Mccall of Manhattan, celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York State. (June 24, 2011)

Revelers bring out their banner to celebrate the
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Revelers bring out their banner to celebrate the passage of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in New York State outside the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street. (June 24, 2011)

Supporters of same sex marriage celebrate after Senate
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Supporters of same sex marriage celebrate after Senate members voted and approved same-sex marriage at the Capitol in Albany. (June 24, 2011)

People watch from a window in the Senate
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People watch from a window in the Senate chamber as senators passed a same-sex marriage bill at the Capitol in Albany. (June 24, 2011)

Revelers celebrate the passage of a bill legalizing
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Revelers celebrate the passage of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in New York State outside the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in Manhattan. (June 24, 2011)

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Couple of 22 years Angelo Ragaza, left, and
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Couple of 22 years Angelo Ragaza, left, and Bryan Webster celebrate in Manhattan's West Village following the passing of the same-sex marriage bill by a vote of 33-29. (June 24, 2011)

Revelers celebrate in Manhattan's West Village following the
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Revelers celebrate in Manhattan's West Village following the passing of the same sex marriage bill by a vote of 33 to 29. (June 24, 2011)

Married couple of seven years Carl Bazil, left,
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Married couple of seven years Carl Bazil, left, and Eric Price celebrate in Manhattan's west village following the passing of the same-sex marriage bill by a vote of 33-29 by the New York Senate. (June 24, 2011)

Tammy Lloyd- Preddice of Middlegrove, N.Y., and Marci
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Tammy Lloyd- Preddice of Middlegrove, N.Y., and Marci Tebbano, right, of Albany celebrate after Senate members voted and approved the same-sex marriage bill 33-29 during a session of the New York state Senate at the Capitol in Albany. (June 24, 2011)

Revelers celebrate in front of the historic gay
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Revelers celebrate in front of the historic gay bar The Stonewall Inn after the passing of a bill legalizing gay marriage in New York State. (June 24, 2011)

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Revelers celebrate the passage of a bill legalizing
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Revelers celebrate the passage of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in New York State outside the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in Manhattan. (June 24, 2011)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reacts after same
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reacts after same sex marriage was approved by the Senate at the Capitol in Albany. (June 24, 2011)

New Yorkers gather at The Stonewall Inn to
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New Yorkers gather at The Stonewall Inn to in anticipation of the passage of the same-sex marriage bill. (June 24, 2011)

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo hands pens
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New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo hands pens to legislators after signing into law a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, at the Capitol in Albany. Behind Cuomo, from left, are Assemb. Matthew Titone, Assemb. Daniel O'Donnell, Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, Sen. Thomas Duane and Sen. James Alesi. (June 24, 2011)

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and daughter
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New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and daughter Michaela stand behind his desk at his office after he signed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in New York. (June 24, 2011)

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New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo salutes as
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New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo salutes as he arrives for a news conference after the state Senate passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, at the Capitol in Albany. (June 24, 2011)

Sen. Thomas Duane (D-Manhattan), left, and New York
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Sen. Thomas Duane (D-Manhattan), left, and New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo talk in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol in Albany after the same-sex marriage bill was approved by the Senate. (June 24, 2011)

Opponents of same sex-marriage pray after Senate members
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Opponents of same sex-marriage pray after Senate members voted and approved same-sex marriage at the Capitol in Albany. 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. (June 24, 2011)

Spectators wait for Senate members to vote on
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Spectators wait for Senate members to vote on the same-sex marriage bill during a session of the New York state Senate at the Capitol in Albany. (June 24, 2011)

Spectators wait for Senate members to vote on
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Spectators wait for Senate members to vote on the same-sex marriage bill. (June 24, 2011)

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Robb Penders, left, and his partner Jason Ganns,
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Robb Penders, left, and his partner Jason Ganns, both of Albany, who plan to marry in September, wait for Senate members to vote on the same-sex marriage during a session of the New York state Senate at the Capitol in Albany. (June 24, 2011)

Same sex- marriage supporter Daniel Bracciale from the
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Same sex- marriage supporter Daniel Bracciale from the activist group Queer Rising, left, of Manhattan, watches Senate members vote and approve the same-sex marriage bill. (June 24, 2011)

Two supporters of same-sex Marriage sleep in the
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Two supporters of same-sex Marriage sleep in the Senate gallery before Senate members voted and approved the same-sex marriage bill 33-29. (June 24, 2011)

Spectators wait for Senate members to vote on
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Spectators wait for Senate members to vote on the same-sex marriage during a session of the New York state Senate at the Capitol in Albany. (June 24, 2011)

Gay rights advocate Booker Garrett of Manhattan chants
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Gay rights advocate Booker Garrett of Manhattan chants slogans during a rally for same-sex marriage outside the LGBT gala fundraiser where President Barack Obama spoke. (June 23, 2011)

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Former New York Giants football player David Tyree,
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Former New York Giants football player David Tyree, right, talks with reporters about his views against the same-sex marriage bill at the Capitol in Albany. (June 20, 2011)

Sen. Ruben Diaz, D- Bronx, right, talks with
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Sen. Ruben Diaz, D- Bronx, right, talks with a reporter from the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization about the same-sex marriage bill at the Capitol in Albany. (June 20, 2011)

Same-sex marriage bill supporter Rabbi Sharon Klienbaum, center,
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Same-sex marriage bill supporter Rabbi Sharon Klienbaum, center, of the Beit Simchat Torah Congregation, speaks to the media as protesters gather both for and against the bill in the halls at the Capitol in Albany. (June 20, 2011)

Charlie Farese of Hudson, N.Y., wears a Human
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Charlie Farese of Hudson, N.Y., wears a Human Rights Campaign logo tattoo during a marriage equality rally at the Capitol in Albany. (June 21, 2011)

Todd Plank of Rochester holds a sign during
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Todd Plank of Rochester holds a sign during a marriage equality rally at the Capitol in Albany. (June 21, 2011)

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Opponents to gay marriage pray as supporters hold
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Opponents to gay marriage pray as supporters hold signs and sing behind them in a hallway outside a Republican conference room at the Capitol in Albany. (June 22, 2011)

Gay marriage supporters Melissa Kleckner of Hoboken, N.J.,
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Gay marriage supporters Melissa Kleckner of Hoboken, N.J., left, and Jake Goodman of Brooklyn sing in a hallway outside a Republican conference room at the Capitol in Albany. (June 22, 2011)

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Rockville Centre, speaks
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Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Rockville Centre, speaks to reporters after meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on gay marriage in Albany. (June 16, 2011)

Protesters for and against the same-sex marriage bill
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Protesters for and against the same-sex marriage bill protest in the halls at the Capitol in Albany. (June 20, 2011)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks with reporters
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks with reporters at the Capitol in Albany. (June 17 ,2011)

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Lisa Gore of Scotia, N.Y., holds a sign
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Lisa Gore of Scotia, N.Y., holds a sign during a marriage equality rally at the Capitol in Albany. (June 21, 2011)

Senate Chamber during a session of the New
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Senate Chamber during a session of the New York state Senate at the Capitol in Albany (June 20, 2011)

A New York State trooper clears a path
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A New York State trooper clears a path of reporters as demonstrators on both sides of the same-sex marriage bill protest at the Capitol in Albany. (June 20, 2011)

Robb Penders of Albany holds a sign during
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Robb Penders of Albany holds a sign during a marriage equality rally at the Capitol in Albany. (June 21, 2011)

Sen. Tom Libous, R-Binghamton talks during a session
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Sen. Tom Libous, R-Binghamton talks during a session of the New York state Senate at the Capitol in Albany. (June 20, 2011)

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Supporters for gay marriage carry signs and sing
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Supporters for gay marriage carry signs and sing in a hallway outside a Republican conference room at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., on Wednesday, June 22, 2011. Protection for religious groups is the last major issue to be worked out in Wednesday's negotiations over a bill that would legalize same-sex marriages in New York state. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

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