EAST HILLS - Last night's historic vote in the state Senate legalizing same-sex marriage was greeted with loud cheers from the Capitol building all the way to Long Island.
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Dan Pinello, of East Hills, watched the vote take place live on his computer late last night. In 2008, he and his partner traveled to California to tie the knot after failing to get a marriage license in Oyster Bay. He says having marriage equality now in New York means they can have the same kind of recognition as straight couples.
"We have straight neighbors all around us who are married, and now we're just like them," Pinello says.
New York is now the sixth and largest state in the nation to legalize gay marriage. Late last night, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) signed the bill into law and praised the Republican-controlled state Senate for passing the legislation.
The new law, which takes effect in 30 days, would even allow non-residents to get married in New York.
Not everyone, however, are cheering the passage of the bill. Nassau County Conservative Party Chairman Dan Donovan says it's a troubling development.
A recent News 12 Long Island online poll showed that 56 percent of Long Islanders oppose the bill. That could explain why all nine of Long Island's state senators voted against it.
Pinello, however, hopes that those who oppose gay marriage will eventually come to accept it.