New York to Honor Out-of-State Marriages, With No Gay Exception

NY Gov. David Paterson directed state agencies to ensure that the out-of-state mariages of same-sex couples are respected and treated equally under law, the same as New York does with different-sex couples' marriages. Gov. Paterson's order conforms to NY's historic practice and the common-sense principle that it makes more sense to respect marriages than to destabilize them. It spares couples and their kids the need to haggle and litigate, and saves the taxpayers the money that would be spent on needless and cruel litigation. In another advance for marriage equality, California is set to begin offering marriage licenses to same-sex couples on June 17th, just as the highly respected Field Poll reported that a majority of Californians now agree with their state Supreme Court and support the freedom to marry.

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NY Republican Assemblywoman Votes for Equality, Constituents Respond with Support

Last year, Representative Teresa R. Sayward, a three-term Republican from NY's North County voted in favor of ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage in New York. Proving fears of support for marriage are unwarranted, she received an "excellent reception" from her constituents who either agreed with her vote or respected her principled stand. Rep. Sayward's actions are an example of the simple courage needed to ensure the freedom to marry throughout our country.

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Constituents Back a Tough Stand

New York Times
May 12, 2008

Rep. Teresa R. Sayward, a Republican New York Assemblywoman discusses her vote in favor of the freedom to marry and how her largely Republican district rallied around her in support of her stance for equality: “We got an excellent reception.” (Link)

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Partners, in Pursuit of a Marriage License

New York Times
May 11, 2008

The New York couple who refused to leave Oyster Bay Town Hall at closing time after officials politely rebuffed the couple’s request for a marriage license discuss their act of civil disobedience which was intended to prompt discussion on the marriage equality bill sitting in the NY Senate. (Link)

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Court Decision Is Victory For Marriage Backers

New York Sun
May 7, 2008
Marriage equality 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. (Link)

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County at crossroads over benefits lawsuit

Democrat and Chronicle
May 7, 2008

New York state's highest court refused to hear an appeal for a case in which a lower appellate court ruled in favor of recognizing an out-of-state marriage by a same-sex couple. (Link)

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New Yorkers push for marriage bill in legislature

Star Gazette
April 30, 2008

More than 2,000 people gathered at the NY Capitol to urge the legislature to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. (Link)

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Oyster Bay gay couple denied marriage license

Newsday
April 29, 2008

A couple is denied a marriage license while surrounded by allies, an act meant to prompt movement of the marriage bill in the NY Senate: "We are law-abiding citizens," said Pinello, a government professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. "We pay our taxes. We have no other choice left." (Link)

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Two Men in Oyster Bay to Apply for Marriage License

Newsday
April 27, 2008

NY couple plans an act of civil disobedience to call attention to the marriage equality bill awaiting action in the NY Senate. (Link)

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Outspoken for Equality

Artvoice-Buffalo
April 24, 2008

Residents head to Albany to fight for ending the exclusion of lesbian and gay couples from marriage. (Link)

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