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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