Recently we have received several phone calls regarding the Marriage Equality Act. The Marriage Equality Act is the act which has changed the New York Domestic Relations Law to allow the parties to a marriage to be of the same sex. This act also ensures that all benefits that are given to heterosexual married couples also be given to homosexual married couples; whether these benefits stem from legislation, common law, administrative or court rule, public policy or however else. This Marriage Equality Act has gone into effect as of July 24, 2011. In the Dickerson v. Thompson ruling, the Court points out the fact that The Marriage Equality Act also provides that valid out of state same sex marriages will be recognized and treated the same as valid in state marriages of any kind.
As always, if you have any questions regarding The Marriage Equality Act, please feel free to call us at (516) 858-2620 to speak with a Family Lawyer!