Tens of thousands of gay and lesbian couples who live in New York City are one step closer to walking down the aisle—with a marriage license in their hands.

Today, a New York trial judge handed down an unprecedented ruling that says the state must grant gay and lesbian couples the right to marriage. The court’s decision, stemming from a case filed by Lambda Legal, a national LGBT civil rights organization, on behalf of five plaintiff couples, says that the state’s constitution guarantees gay men and lesbians the same basic freedoms available to straight couples.

There will be an appeal, of course, but if the higher court stays the decision, then same-sex marriage will be legal in the Empire State.

Slowly but surely…


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