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Same-Sex Marriage Legalized in New York

Brewster, NY Same-Sex Marriage Attorney

As of July 24, 2011, same-sex marriage became legal in New York. This change came when the Marriage Equality Act was passed by the New York State Legislature on June 24, with a vote of 33 to 29, and was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo the same day. This presents a significant victory for gay and lesbian couples who have previously been denied the right to legally marry in New York. In July 2015, the Supreme Court made it a legal right for same sex couples to marry in all 50 states.

At Jowdy & Jowdy, we are committed to protecting the rights of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in New York and Connecticut. With offices in Brewster, NY and Danbury, CT, we offer experienced legal counsel in all areas of family law that affect our clients, including same-sex marriage, prenuptial agreements, divorce and more. We welcome you to call a New York family law attorney at our offices at your earliest convenience to discuss your particular questions or concerns.

The Marriage Equality Act

The Marriage Equality Act was introduced to the New York State Assembly by Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell. The act allows for gender-neutral marriages for same and opposite-sex couples. It does not have a residency restriction like some other states and allows religious organizations to decline from offering officiating services or accommodations for same sex wedding ceremonies without fear of penalty from state or local courts or governments.

The Senate passed the bill on June 24with 29 Democrats and 4 Republicans voting in favor. It took effect on July 24, 2011.

Prior to the Marriage Equality Act, New York only allowed for the recognition of same-sex marriages that were legally performed in other states or countries. It also limited the legal recognition of same-sex marriages. With the passing of this bill, New York became the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage. The other states that permit same-sex marriage are Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. The District of Columbia also permits same-sex marriage.

Contact a New York same-sex marriage lawyer at our law firm today to find out how we can assist you.

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