New York's state Assembly approved a same-sex marriage bill Wednesday night, sending it to the Senate, where it faces a closer vote.
It would grant same-sex couples equal rights to marry "as well as hundreds of rights, benefits and protections that are currently limited to married couples of the opposite sex," according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office, via CNN.
"This is an immense step toward achieving true equality for all here in New York," said Democratic Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell, who argued that he and his partner should be allowed to marry.
The Marriage Equality Act passed the Assembly 80-63.