The passage of the law is predicted to have a wide impact. Suzanne Goldberg, a professor at Columbia Law School, told Reuters that "New Yorkers tend to move about the country quite a lot. High numbers of same-sex couples likely to marry here will increase pressure on other states to treat those couples fairly." And Michael Dorf, a professor at Cornell Law School, said, "It seems inevitable that we'll have same-sex marriage in most of the states within a decade."
Perhaps because of that, reactions poured in from throughout the nation. The AP reports that in San Francisco, people were hearing the news at a march to kick off pride weekend. "What happened tonight in New York is great, is wonderful, so long as we pick up and keep moving beyond this because a lot more needs to get done," said Kate Lubeck, a resident of San Jose. Pete Weiss of Oakland said, "You'd think California would have been first, but maybe this will spread and we'll be next."
Newspapers around the world covered the news, an indication of the import of the decision. The Belfast Telegraph called the vote "a breakthrough victory in the state where the American gay rights movement was born," and wrote that although New York is "a relative latecomer in allowing gay marriage, it is considered an important prize for advocates, given the state's size and New York City's international stature." The U.K. Telegraph reported that "The vote will be the cause of huge celebrations in America at this weekend's annual gay pride festivities in New York." Al-Jazeera noted that, "New York's legislature became the first controlled by Republicans to pass a bill allowing gay marriage." It also pointed out:
Internationally, same-sex marriage is allowed in 10 countries, including Canada, Argentina, Sweden and South Africa. The Netherlands became the first country to allow it in 2001.
Many other countries provide for unions that grant same-sex couples all the legal rights of marriage without allowing the use of the name.
All cable coverage of the vote was not equal. Brian Stelter tweeted: “For the record, per TVEyes: NY same-sex marriage vote was covered for 60+ mins by MSNBC & CNN. It was covered for 2 min by Fox News.”
The New York Times announced the news in a banner two line headline on Saturday:
The New York Daily News gave the event its full cover treatment. But inexplicably, the New York Post didn't give the event the front cover, and only stuck a line about the story at the bottom.
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.