Saturday, June 25, 2011

New York State Passes Gay Marriage Bill

*BREAKING NEWS* – The New York legislature voted 33-29 to pass the state’s Marriage Equality Act.  It now awaits the signature of Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), after passage from the Republican controlled Senate.

Recent Negotiations focused on ensuring protections for religious establishments against recognizing same-sex marriage.

Some Quick Highlights from the bill, which amends the state’s controlling Domestic Relations Law, by adding:

§ 10-a Parties to a marriage.

1. A Marriage that is otherwise valid shall be valid regardless of whether the parties to the marriage to the marriage are of the same or different sex.

2. No government treatment or legal status, effect, right, benefit, privilege, protection or responsibility relating to marriage, whether deriving from statute, administrative or court rule, public policy, canon law or any other source of law, shall differ based on the parties to the marriage being or having been of the same sex rather than a different sex. When necessary to implement the rights and responsibilities of spouses under the law, all gender-specific language or terms shall be construed in a gender neutral manner in all such sources of law.     

Eds. Note: Emphasis Added

Much, much more analysis to come in the coming days.

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