Gay marriage was approved on Wednesday with 80 votes in favor and 63 against it by the Assembly of the State of New York. Now the document should be sent to the Senate.
The project would give the right to marry to same sex people “as well as hundreds of rights, benefits, and protections that are currently limited to opposite-sex couples,” according to the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
So far, five U.S. states (Iowa, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vermont) allow marriage between same sex couples.
Others like Hawaii, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and New Jersey offer gay couples civil unions, which give them the same rights and duties of heterosexual marriages but without the right to marriage.
On February, Barack Obama’s government took a position against a federal bill banning marriage between same-sex, considering it an “unconstitutional” text.