Martinez v. County of Monroe—NY Court Affirms Same-Sex Couples’ Marriages from Elsewhere

February 1, 2008
In a unanimous decision, a New York appellate court ruled that marriages of same-sex couples entered into outside of New York must be recognized. The case, filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union, is the first appellate court decision in the state and the first known decision in the country to hold that a valid same-sex marriage must be recognized here. 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. [PDF]