New York Goes Halfway

New York Governor David Paterson is beginning the process of revising state documents to recognize the validity of same-sex marriages performed in other states, giving the same rights to straight and gay couples. Massachusetts, and most recently California, currently allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. With this start from Gov. Paterson, a full movement toward gay marriage or civil unions may come in the future, though the Republican-led Senate prevented former Governor Spitzer’s bill to allow these changes from passing.

“Basically we’ve done everything we can do on marriage legislatively at this point,” said Sean Patrick Maloney, a senior adviser to Gov. Paterson. “But there are tools in our tool kit on the executive side, and this is one.”

It’s a step in the right direction, and hopefully after both California and New York, more states will begin following suit.

New York to Back Same-Sex Unions From Elsewhere – [NY Times]

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One Response

  1. I was upset that they didn’t go all the way until I remembered how close Mass. is to New York. Definitely good news!

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