(NEW YORK) -- The New York State Senate Friday night voted in favor of legislation that will allow same-sex couples in the state to marry, becoming the sixth state to legalize gay marriage. New York now joins Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa, New Hampshire and Massachusetts -- all legalizing same-sex nuptials.
The Marriage Equality Act of 2011 passed in the New York State Senate with 29 Democrats joining four Republicans to approve the measure. Twenty-nine voted against the measure.
Earlier Friday, New York lawmakers passed an accompanying amendment, which protects religious institutions against the possibility of being sued.
The bill will take effect 30 days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs it.
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