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A 2011 article about the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York State.

In 2011, after days of contentious negotiations and last-minute reversals by two Republican senators, New York became the sixth and largest state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage, breathing life into a national gay rights movement that had stalled over a nearly identical and failed bill two years before. This article demonstrates the impact of the change through a description of two men who became engaged at Stonewall Inn the evening the law went into effect.