New York Will Recognize Gay Marriages from out of State

May 29, 2008 02:57 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
New York will revise laws and statutes so that same-sex couples who wed in other states will have all rights of marriage. 

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New York Governor David Paterson has informed state agencies that same-sex couples wed in other states or countries “should be afforded the same recognition as any other legally performed union.” Both those for and against gay marriage feel that the governor’s directive brings the state closer to legalizing gay marriage. Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell celebrated the decision, noting that “very shortly, there will be hundreds and hundreds and hundreds, and probably thousands and thousands and thousands of gay people who have their marriages recognized by the state.” But opposition groups feel that Paterson has circumvented the state legislature.

With strong feelings on both sides, the new gay marriage laws and policy may be a factor in the upcoming election. In California, gay marriage opponents have petitioned to put a proposal on the November ballot that would amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The California legislature has tried to legalize gay marriage twice, but Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the laws, saying the decision should be left to voters or the court. Similar propositions may be put on the ballot in other states, and, if so, may bring more conservatives to the polls.

Headline Link: ‘New York to Back Same-Sex Unions From Elsewhere’

Background Link: ‘Courts in L.A. Will Perform Gay Marriages’

Historical context: Gay marriage laws in other states and abroad

Related Topic: Gay marriage and the election

Reference: State-by-state gay marriage laws and court cases


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