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Marriage equality takes the scenic route to New York - Mark's Journal
Marriage equality takes the scenic route to New York
Gov. David A. Paterson has directed all state agencies to begin to revise their policies and regulations to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, like Massachusetts, California and Canada. In a directive issued on May 14, the governor’s legal counsel instructed the agencies that gay couples married elsewhere “should be afforded the same recognition as any other legally performed union.”

Legal experts said Mr. Paterson’s decision would make New York the only state that did not itself allow gay marriage but fully recognized same-sex unions entered into elsewhere. The directive cited a Feb. 1 ruling by a State Appellate Court in Rochester that Patricia Martinez, who works at Monroe Community College and who married her partner in Canada, could not be denied health benefits by the college because of New York’s longstanding policy of recognizing marriages performed elsewhere, even if they are not explicitly allowed under New York law.

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aregulardyke From: aregulardyke Date: May 29th, 2008 05:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Very interesting ! I'e said all along that I don't personally give a hoot what it's called, civil union or marriage,I just want the same protections and rights that straight people get. Good for Patterson - finally, hopefully someone in the Gov seat with a brain in his noggin !

willdevine From: willdevine Date: May 29th, 2008 06:32 am (UTC) (Link)
West Stockbridge, MA is about to get a huge boost to the local economy.
fabunobo From: fabunobo Date: May 29th, 2008 08:40 am (UTC) (Link)
My thoughts exactly.
keeyoo From: keeyoo Date: May 29th, 2008 07:20 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a step in the right direction. A small step, but a step nonetheless.

suburban_decay2 From: suburban_decay2 Date: May 29th, 2008 08:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Better than nothing... looks like we might actually be getting somewhere one of these days.
fitfool From: fitfool Date: May 31st, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good for Paterson!
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