New law clears the way for gay marriage in NY

By MICHAEL GORMLEY | June 25, 2011 | 3:45 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gay couples around the globe can mark their calendars for New York weddings starting in late July, now that the state has become the sixth to legalize same-sex marriage.

At New York City's famous Stonewall Inn that spawned the gay rights movement in 1969, Scott Redstone watched lawmakers pass a historic gay marriage measure Friday night on one of the many Internet and television feeds. He was with his partner of 29 years, and popped the question.

The measure signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo doubles the number of Americans living in a state with legal gay marriage.

New York is the third state, after Vermont and New Hampshire, to legalize marriage through legislation, and without being forced to do so by a court.