Court OKs NY out-of-state marriage recognition

Timothy Kincaid

November 19th, 2009

When the executive branch of the State of New York determined that same-sex marriages conducted legally outside of the state would be recognized, anti-gay activists sued. Today the Court of Appeals backed the State. (A/P)

New York’s top court on Thursday rejected a Christian legal group’s challenge to some government benefits provided to gay couples legally married elsewhere and now living in New York.

The court rejected an argument that same-sex marriage was akin to incest and polygamy but avoided declaring that gay couples are entitled to all the rights of other married couples.

In a 4-3 decision on the narrow question of benefits, the Court of Appeals did not address whether the state must recognize same-sex marriage but encouraged the Legislature to settle the issue. The case was pushed by the Alliance Defense Fund of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Bruno

November 19th, 2009

Encouraging the NY legislature to decide the issue seems like encouraging a kid to eat spinach while you’re not home. It’s just not gonna happen with “encouragement.”

GreenEyedLilo

November 19th, 2009

Gotta agree with Bruno. Still, thank the Gods the carpetbagging bigots got laughed out of court like they deserved!

Burr

November 19th, 2009

This about “some government benefits” though and from what I read I believe it varies from locality or something like that, so it’s not really full recognition or even fully across the state.

occono

November 19th, 2009

Unfortunately the concurrent opinion was out-of-state SSM’s are required to be recognized. So it was a loss, if not a total one.

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