To chants of “USA! USA! USA!” the galley of the Senate exploded after the Senate passed the Marriage Equality Act this evening, by a vote of to 33 to 29. The bill passed after the Senate previously passed a religious exemption amendment (which had passed earlier in the evening in the Assembly by a vote of 82 to 47).
Every Democrat, except for Rev. Ruben Diaz, voted for the bill. The Democratic minority was joined in yes votes by Republican Senators Gristanti, Saland, Alesi and Mac Donald.
The Senate took a bizarre recess right before the actual vote, before returning to a penultimate speech by the recently outed and one time anti-equality voting Sen. Carl Krueger.
Shortly after the vote, as the jubilation set in, Governor Cuomo came into the chamber for a victory lap.
We’ll have more reactions soon, as well as coverage of a Pride Weekend that will see New York party like it’s 1969. But now, we’ve got to check out the party raging in the Capitol complex. There are a lot of families here not used to being legally equal citizens, and they seem to like it.