Sunday, July 24, became the first day of legal marriages for same sex couples in the State of New York. Now it is the seventh state in the US joining Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington D.C. on the list of places where homo- or bisexual individuals can tie the knot officially.
A month ago the state senate voting decided in favor of legalizing same sex families by the majority of 4 votes. The law that was to become effective on July 24 was signed by the Governor immediately.
Consequently Sunday turned out to be a busy day for New York City clerks who found themselves inundated by more than 800 gay marriage requests – it remains to be seen how many have been filed throughout the state!
Among the celebrities who spoke up welcoming the new law are Ellen DeGeneres, chat show host, and Sex and the City’s Cynthia Nixon, the former already married and the latter happy to have a chance to do it now.
DeGeneres was just in time to marry her girlfriend Portia de Rossi during the eight months in 2008 when same sex marriages were legal in California – a law that was revoked soon but the couples who had gotten married during the period were considered to be legally bound. DeGeneres declared being “thrilled” at the prospect of “marriage equality” gaining proper legal recognition.
Cynthia Nixon, 45, just can’t wait to legalize her relationship with her long-time girlfriend to whom she has been engaged for over two years. “New York did us proud,” she said to Newsweek explaining that they never wanted to get married anywhere else but in their home state.
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