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NY Senate chamber erupts with cheers after same-sex marriage passes

By Kase Wickman
Saturday, June 25, 2011 10:47 EDT
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The New York state Senate passed same-sex marriage Friday night, making New York the sixth state to have legalized marriage equality. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow anchored the channel during the vote, and carried a live feed of the Senate floor.

“What just happened will double the number of people in the United States for whom same-sex marriage rights are a reality,” Maddow pointed out, because of New York’s size.

After the passage was announced, onlookers in the chamber cheered for more than a solid minute, despite persistent gaveling for silence.

Watch the video below, originally aired June 24, 2011, on MSNBC. Embedded courtesy of MSNBC.

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Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman is a reporter for Raw Story. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and grew up in Eugene, OR. Her work has been featured in The Boston Globe, Village Voice Media, The Christian Science Monitor, The Houston Chronicle and on NPR, among others. She lives in New York City and tweets from @kasewickman.
 
 
 
 
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