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Two young women kiss outside the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan. Lawmakers voted late Friday, June 24, 2011, to legalize same-sex marriage, making New York the largest state where gay and lesbian couples can wed, and giving the national gay-rights movement new momentum from the state where it was born.
A male couple takes part in the celebrations at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan following the approval of same-sex marriage in the state of New York. The same-sex marriage bill was approved on a 33 to 29 vote.
Two men photograph a male couple posing for a picture while waiting to apply for a marriage license in New York City Hall. Hundreds of couples arrived at the City Hall on July 25, 2011, the first day of same-sex nuptials, to be married after years’ of wait.
Pam Hodges (L) takes a picture of Jim Conslontis (62, 3L) and Joseph Croza (58, 2L) holding their ticket number while waiting to apply for a marriage license in New York City Hall in Manhattan. Jim and Joe have been together for over 31 years since 1980. After previously obtaining a Domestic Partnership Certificate in Miami they finally got married escorted by Pam, their friend in the last 15 years who also served as their witness.
Jim Conslontis (62, R) and Joseph Croza (58, L) stand side by side holding their wedding rings during their marriage ceremony. Jim and Joe were married by Judge Neil Ross who works in the Criminal Court in Manhattan. Jim said it was only appropriate given they were considered criminals for over 31 years.
A female couple holds hands as they wait to apply for a marriage license and get wed in New York City Hall.
Gary Cosgrove (L) and Damian Ross (C) apply for a marriage license escorted by their friend and witness Ari Gold (R). Gary and Damian that have been together for the last 15 years were one out of hundreds of same-sex couples that got married at New York City Hall in Manhattan on July 25, 2011.
Gay women dance and kiss while celebrating the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York State at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan. The spontaneous celebrations at the historic birthplace of the gay-rights movement’s birthplace lasted throughout the night and the following morning.
Jay Mingle wearing a wedding dress and his friend wearing angle wings goof around with a NYPD policeman while participating in the annual Pride Parade in New York. One of the world's oldest and largest gay pride parades became a victory celebration 2 days after New York's historic decision to legalize same-sex marriage.
NYPD policemen stare at a group of young gay men dressed in minimal sailor outfits before the beginning of the annual Pride Parade in New York.
Janette Colman (2L) and Kawane Harris (L), a couple for the last two years and three months, stands next to Dennis Gosue (2R) and Daniel Mackey (R), a couple for the last three years, while they wait to enter New York City Hall and apply for a marriage license.
A female couple holding Champaign glasses kiss in Central Park following their wedding ceremony. 24 same-sex couples got married on July 30, 2011 under two pop-up chapels at the southwest corner of Central Park accompanied by family and friends.
A male couple holds hands as during their marriage ceremony in a pop-up chapel in Central Park. Nuptials were held in various locations around Manhattan following the legalization of gay marriage in New York State.
A participant in the Pride Parade in New York holds a sign saying “6 down… 44 to go” referring to the number of states that legalized same-sex marriage.
A couple wearing sailor and nurse outfits kiss during the annual Pride Parade in a homage to the famous picture from Times Square in 1945 that symbolizes the end of World War II.
Same Sex Marriage
On June 24th, 2011 New York became the 6th state in the US to legalize same-sex marriage. The bill was approved after a 33 to 29 lawmakers vote, making New York the largest state where gay and lesbian couples can wed, and giving the national gay-rights movement new momentum from the state where it was born.
Dozens of thousands of New Yorkers celebrated the announcement through the night mostly around the famous Stonewall Inn and took part in the annual Pride Parade held two days later. A month later, on July 24th, 2011, thousands of same-sex couples got married in the city municipalities in the five borrows of New York City supported by family members, friends, and the general public. The celebrations continued throughout the following week with ceremonies being held in various locations around the city including Washington Square and Central Park.