Thousands celebrate gay pride, new marriage law

New York State is now the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Thousands waved signs and flags along Fifth Avenue yesterday as part of the city's Gay Pride Parade, but also to celebrate the state's historic ruling.

Gov. Cuomo (D-N.Y.) signed the bill on Friday, saying he believes the rest of the country will soon follow in New York's footsteps.

Many lawmakers said they were split on the issue, like state Sen. Ruth Hassel-Thompson (D-Mount Vernon), who said she was split siding with her deceased brother who was gay and the rest of her family who opposed gay marriage for religious reasons.

The bill has an amendment to protect religious groups who refuse to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies from litigation. Couples can start getting married in New York 30 days after the bill was signed.

Businesses across the region are also preparing for an influx of gay couple's preparing to marry, hoping that the new law will help them recover from the recession.

Gay marriage legalized in New York

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