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New York state’s Marriage Equality Act passed the state’s senate Friday night in a vote of 33-29, making the Empire State the sixth U.S. state or district to legalize same-sex marriage — joining Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. The bill stalled for much of the week as state lawmakers debated the extent to which religious beliefs on homosexuality should be protected under any new state legislation.

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