New York has finally torn down the barrier that has prevented same-sex couples from exercising the freedom to marry.
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the enactment of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), resulted in President Bill Clinton signed it into law on September 1996 banning same-sex marriage.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law on June 24, 2011, just hours after the New York State Senate passed the Marriage Equality Act.
Vice President Joe Biden in a May 2012 appearance on NBC News' "Meet the Press" announced that he was "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex marriage.
The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, passed in 1996 in response to Hawaii's brief flirtation with legalizing same sex-marriage, was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in the June 2013 landmark U.S. v. Windsor decision.
Citing its 2013 decision that overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, the Supreme Court in the landmark June 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision found a constitutional right to marriage that included same-sex couples, legalizing gay marriage nationwide.
On June 28, 2019, the 50th anniversary of the New York City riot that sparked the modern gay rights movement, transformed into a giant global celebration of LGBTQ rights ofcourse including gay marriage.