Governor Paterson Backs Recognition of Same-Sex Unions Performed in Other Jurisdictions
NEW YORK, NY -- The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center issued the following statement concerning New York State Governor David Paterson's action to order all State agencies to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions.
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The Center's Executive Director,
Richard Burns, explained, "Governor Paterson has proven himself once
again to be a true ally to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
(LGBT) community and to our families. As we await New York State's
pending legislation legalizing same sex marriages, I want to thank
Governor Paterson on this bold move. Changing policies among state
agencies is a giant step forward in recognizing that LGBT people are
raising children and forming families that need the support and
protection of the state."
"Governor Paterson's announcement… directs all state agencies to begin to revise their policies and regulations to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, " continued Burns. "This directive will make a significant difference in our community's ability to access legal protections in recognition of our families. As same-sex couples struggle to access the same rights and responsibilities as straight married couples in New York State, this acknowledgement by our governor is a tremendous show of support for our civil right. These revisions will likely 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," concluded Burns.
The Center is the heart and the hub of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) society in New York City, and this change in policy among the state's agencies will have a dramatic effect on the wellbeing of thousands of couples who are waiting to legalize their unions.