From NBC's Pete Williams
The New York State legislature voted against legalizing same-sex marriage in a 38-24 vote.
New York would have become the sixth state, and the most populous, to allow same-sex couples to get married. And it would have been the first to grant full marriage rights from a standing start, without having first granted interim rights such as civil unions.
Only one other state, New Hampshire, has approved gay marriage by action of the legislature. The others -- Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, and Iowa -- have done so primarily by court action.