New York to Recognize Gay Marriages From Elsewhere

Posted on 05/29/2008. Filed under: David A Paterson, gay marriage, glbt rights, New York |

The New York TimesGov. 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, David Nocenti, instructed the agencies that gay couples married elsewhere “should be afforded the same recognition as any other legally performed union.”

The revisions are most likely to involve as many as 1,300 statutes and regulations in New York governing everything from joint filing of income tax returns to transferring fishing licenses between spouses.

This is another historic moment. This directive was sent out the day before the California Supreme Court ruling. New York does not offer Gay Marriage yet but for it to recognize Gay Marriages from other states and countries is a major step in the right direction. Special thanks to NY Governor David Paterson for starting a process that is long over due. Hopefully, more leaders will step forward and accept the challenge of treating all Americans equally.

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