Gov. 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 10 days to sign it for it to become law.
The report estimated more than 21,000 gay and lesbian couples from New York would marry within the first three years and nearly 42,000 gay and lesbian couples from out of state would travel to New York for a “destination wedding.”
In the past, the event was considered less a parade and more a march in an ongoing demand for equal rights and respect.
But this year’s victory for same sex marriage and the tsunami of marriage proposals is expected to transform the event into a movable engagement party.
“It’s definitely going to change the mood. This year for sure it’s just going to be a huge celebration,” said gay and lesbian.
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.