At 11:55 p.m. on June 24, 2011, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Marriage Equality Act of 2011 into law legalizing same-sex marriage in The Empire State. Only an hour into post same-sex era in New York and elected officials have quickly released statements praising the signing of the bill. Here are a few of them:

New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio: “Forty-two years ago at a small bar in Greenwich Village and the gay rights movement was born. Tonight, New York made history once again, becoming the largest in the country to pass marriage equality.

This victory was only made possible because of the tireless education and advocacy of millions of New Yorkers, some gay, some straight, all fighting to ensure that every person in our state is guaranteed the same rights and privileges.

This historic day is also due in large part to the leadership of Governor Cuomo. I congratulate the Governor, the State Assembly and the State Senate for this historic step forward. I applaud those legislators who have fought on the front lines for years and also those legislators who courageously found it within themselves and in the voices of their constituents to vote ‘yes’ the first time”

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.: “Now that the debate of marriage equality has been resolved, it is time for us to come together and move forward in a positive manner with respect for our fellow Bronxites and all New Yorkers, irrespective of our differences, backgrounds and religious beliefs. We must both celebrate and build upon our diversity for a better and brighter future for all of our hard working families.”

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli: “History has been written in Albany today. This is a watershed moment for all New Yorkers who believe in common decency, human dignity and basic civil rights. The legislature has shown true courage in the face of controversy. I am proud to be the Comptroller of a state that recognizes the fundamental rights of all its citizens to marry the person they love.”

President of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East George Gresham: “This vote is a historic victory for our brothers and sisters in the LGBT community and all New Yorkers who believe in civil rights and equality for all. We have long believed that this is an idea whose time has come. The struggle has been arduous, and at times certain, but we are extremely proud that tonight – all families will receive the fundamental protections they deserve.”