Thursday, May 08, 2008

I Love New York

Baby steps, yes, but the move toward equality takes a step forward today as New York officially acknowledges the obvious:

Couples married outside of New York are recognized as married under New York Law.

Gay marriage advocates have won a partial victory in New York, as the state's highest court has left in place a lower court ruling that recognized a lesbian couple as being married.

The Court of Appeals declined yesterday to review the mid-level appellate court's decision to recognize the couple's Canadian marriage, the first such ruling by an appellate court in New York State.

For now, that lower court decision remains binding across the state.

In 2006, the state's Court of Appeals found that there was no right to same-sex marriages under the state constitution, leaving unanswered the question of whether the state would recognize same-sex marriages and civil unions performed in other states and abroad. So far, lower courts around the state have mostly said yes.

It is only a matter of time now. New York will, I guarantee, soon realize the frivolity of recognizing marriages that take place in other states and countries while denying it's own citizens the right to marry within the state.

Read the rest of the story here.

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