Need to End Exclusion from Marriage Gains Notice in State Court

New York Times
March 6, 2008
On the way home from work in Rochester, Patricia Martinez stopped at a liquor store and bought a small bottle of Champagne to celebrate her marriage to another woman. The wedding took place in Canada nearly four years ago, but it wasn't until Feb. 1 that a New York appellate court declared it valid in the state... Last week in Manhattan, a State Supreme Court justice, ruling in a divorce proceeding, recognized the Canadian marriage of two New York City women. Advocates for marriage say the two court decisions last month granting reciprocity in New York to marriages of same-sex couples in other jurisdictions simply underline what most people would consider common sense. [Link]

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3 Gay Couples Settle in as Parents

The Journal News
February 24, 2008
Outside the three households, an American culture war rages over the rights of gay men and women to raise children. Inside, these three have been raising theirs for as long as a decade…Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, said the ruling [in NY to recognize out of state marriages by same-sex couples] will mean more to the children of gay couples than how the bills get paid. "Beyond the tangible legal consequences, there's the intangible security that matters a lot to kids," Wolfson said. "Children whose parents are married have a legal relationship to both parents and are given a strong, clear confirmation from society that they and their parents form a family and that family is worthy of respect." [Link]

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EDITORIAL: A Victory for Marriage Equality

New York Times
February 5, 2008
The Times editorial staff says a N.Y. appeals court ruling in favor of recognizing out-of-state marriages of gay and lesbian couples is "...important progress toward changing laws and attitudes that deprive gay people of equal rights and deny the dignity of New York’s many gay families. They should be able to live, marry and raise children with the same respect and the same rights as anyone else. [Link]

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State Court Recognizes Marriages From Elsewhere

New York Times
February 2, 2008
A New York appellate court ruled Friday that valid out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples must be legally recognized in New York, just as the law recognizes those of heterosexual couples solemnized elsewhere. Lawyers for both sides said the ruling applied to all public and private employers in the state. While it is good and right that marriage should be honored, not destabilized, New Yorkers should not have to leave their home to get married. [Link] Read the decision (pdf).

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A Very Surreal Victory, Tempered By Two Things…

Pam’s House Blend
February 2, 2008
Well, what a great notice that came through on my listserv last night! New York Appellate Court rules that out out of state marriages must be recognized! Woo HOO! Yay for all NY couples who married in Massachusetts, or Canada - and yay for ME ! I got married in Canada last September! And we live in New York! But...wait a minute. My partner is here on a temporary visa. [Link]

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BLOG: New York Appellate Court Orders Recognition of Same-Sex Couple’s Canadian Marriage

Leonard Link
February 1, 2008
Prof. Arthur S. Leonard analyzes the New York court decision requiring recognition of marriages from out of state. [Link]

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BLOG: Soulforce’s Right to Marry campaign begins

Soulforce Blog
July 15, 2007
After picking students up from train stations in New York City, they traveled to Albany to begin training. The leadership of the initiative assembled a host of seminars that would prepare the students for meetings with NY politicians, community leaders, and constituents. [Link]

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NY Assemblyman O’Donnell picks his fights in the legislature

New York Times
July 13, 2007
The quest to obtain a marriage license started when he joined a lawsuit against the state that reached the Court of Appeals, which deferred the question to the Legislature. He considers the Assembly debate and passage a historic first step. "And as it turned out, many of my straight colleagues in the Assembly support my right to be as miserable as possible. My ability to get a marriage license hurts nobody: Gay marriage is less harmful to straight people than Dick Cheney on a hunting trip." [Link]

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OPINION: Religion and the law

New York Times
June 28, 2007
Andrew Weiss concisely illustrates a NY legislator's mistake of relying solely on his 'religious beliefs,' rather than his understanding of the Constitution, to vote against ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. [Link]

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Pride Agenda’s marriage ambassadors take the lead in NY

Gay City News
June 21, 2007
Edith Windsor keeps working the phones. But this spring, she and Spyer decided that Thea couldn't wait any longer. With the help of three of Spyer's home care attendants, the couple flew to Toronto on Memorial Day weekend. The judge who married them, Windsor told the Toronto Globe and Mail, said that "we had married for all the people who died before same-sex weddings were possible." [Link]

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