New York Celebrates One Year of Marriage Equality!
On June 24th, 2011, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made waves by signing a bill to legalize same-sex marriage — and just one month later, that law finally went into effect. Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of marriage equality in the largest (and arguably most influential) state to allow gay and lesbian nuptials.
So how many have wed since? State Department of Health figures indicate that at least 3,424 same-sex couples (six percent of the total number of weddings) have been married outside New York City as of mid-July, the Associated Press reports. And in New York City, roughly 5,054 marriage licenses were issued since February.
Also falling within this past year was President Barack Obama’s announcement publicizing his support for marriage equality. Even so, no state has yet to follow New York’s legalization of same-sex weddings.