After a long battle followed by days of protracted deal-making, the New York State Senate voted Friday night to legalize same-sex marriage in the Empire State.
The historic yet divisive measure passed by a narrow margin of 33 votes to 29.
The vote will make New York the sixth state – and the largest one to date – to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
It will become law 30 days after Governor Andrew Cuomo signs the bill.
In a series of emotional speeches on the Senate floor, lawmakers both for and against the measure spelled out the factors that led to their decision