NEW YORK to RECOGNIZE GAY MARRIAGE

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  1. Industrialsize

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    NEW YORK (CNN) -- Gov. David Patterson of New York has told state agencies to recognize same-sex marriages performed in states and countries where they are legal, his spokeswoman said Wednesday.
    [​IMG]New York agencies have been told to recognize same-sex marriages performed in places where they are legal.


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    The governor's legal counsel told state agencies in a May 14 memo to revise policies and regulations to recognize same-sex marriages performed in California and Massachusetts as well as Canada and other countries that allow gays and lesbians to marry, said Erin Duggan, the governor's spokeswoman.
    The memo informed state agencies that failing to recognize gay marriages would violate the New York's human rights law, Duggan said.
    The directive follows a February ruling from a New York state appeals court. That decision says that legal same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions are entitled to recognition in New York.
    "This was in direct response to a court ruling," Duggan told CNN. "Just to make sure all the state agencies are on the same page."
    Duggan says that the court's decision was consistent with the findings of several lower courts in New York State.
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    The governor's legal counsel sent the memo one day before the California Supreme Court struck down a ban on gay marriage in that state. Court officials in California counties may begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on June 17, state officials said Wednesday.
    Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriages in 2004, and gay couples need not be state residents there to wed. However, then-Gov. Mitt Romney resurrected a 1913 law barring non-resident marriages in the state if the marriage would be prohibited in the partners' home state.
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    Subsequent court and agency decisions have determined that only residents of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Mexico may marry in Massachusetts, unless the parties say they plan to relocate there after the marriage.
    New Hampshire, Vermont, New Jersey and Connecticut permit civil unions, while California has a domestic-partner registration law. More than a dozen other states give same-sex couples some legal rights, as do some other countries.
     
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    Well, about time isn't it...
     
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    Wow! Well done Patterson!

    Perhaps justice really is blind.



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    Good! It's time for change.

     
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    After being married for 10 years and then going through a divorce. I'm not 100% sure gay couples know what they are getting themselves into here.

    Of course I jest, I'm glad to see equal rights for anyone, this issue should have been resolved a long time ago.
     
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    LOL :tongue:
     
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    You so silly!!! :biggrin1:
     
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    Now I am free to marry my LEFT and RIGHT hands, both of which are gay, and very faithful and reliable.
     
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    Excellent, I think this is the first time a Governor has done this.

    The tide is turning. I heard a report that over 50% of the people in Ca are now in support. The phobes are not going to get a majority anywhere before much longer.

    Unfortunately our state legislature passed one of those non-recognition moral majority agenda bills. It hasn't been tested, hopefully it will eventually be ruled unconstitutional.

    And again I get news on LPSG first. Thanks, IS.
     
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    Darth Vader: NOOOOOO!!!!!
    (I'm being sarcastic. Best of luck to newlyweds, and it's only a matter of time before the whole country'll accept it in some form or another)
     
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