This, from The New York Times:
ALBANY, NY — The State Assembly approved legislation on Tuesday night that would make New York the sixth state to allow same-sex marriage — a pivotal vote that shifts the debate to the State Senate, where gay rights advocates and conservative groups alike are redoubling their efforts…The final vote was 89 to 52, including the backing of five Republicans. “
Granted, NY is a traditionally dem state, as is Massachusetts, whose Supreme Court’s precedent-setting judgment in 2004 in favor of same sex marriage was eventually embraced by Maine, Connecticut and Vermont. Far-flung from the northeast, Iowa’s Supreme Court was the first Midwestern state to join the pack. Let’s hope other states wise up soon. And while we’re at it, let’s get rid of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the military.