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.