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posted Friday, August 27, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 35
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New York lawmakers address Gay divorce
The legislative history of a no-fault divorce bill that passed New York's Senate, then the Assembly, includes an Assembly memo that reaffirms New York's recognition of same-sex marriages from elsewhere and says that married Gay couples can divorce in New York. Gov. David Paterson signed the bill August 15.

The memo says: "It is the intent of this legislation to grant full recognition and respect to valid marriages of same-sex couples to obtain relief under New York State laws and in New York's courts. ... Current New York law, written to apply to 'husband and wife,' has been properly interpreted by New York courts to allow relief for same-sex couples with valid marriages. It is not the intent of this legislation to alter the interpretations of this case law ... nor is it the intent of this legislation to alter New York State's policy to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages."

New York is one of two states - the other is Maryland - that recognize same-sex marriages that take place elsewhere even though Gay couples cannot get married in New York and Maryland. Same-sex marriage is legal in Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Mexico City, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.

Fifty-nine percent support same-sex marriage in Rhode Island
Fifty-nine percent of Rhode Islanders support legalization of same-sex marriage.

Rhode Island is the only New England state without same-sex marriage, apart from Maine, where, in 2009, the Legislature passed and the governor signed a law legalizing Gay marriage, then saw voters "veto" it at the ballot box.

The survey of 502 likely Rhode Island voters was conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research on July 7-12. The margin of error was 4.4 percent.

"This poll makes clear that there is no reason why we can't enact a marriage equality law in Rhode Island within the next year," said Kathy Kushnir, executive director of Marriage Equality Rhode Island. "Rhode Islanders are ready to allow loving, committed same-sex couples to gain the dignity and respect that marriage brings."

Nationally, a new poll by CNN and Opinion Research Corporation found that 52 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage. They said yes to the question, "Do you think Gays and Lesbians should have a constitutional right to get married and have their marriage recognized by law as valid?"

With assistance from Bill Kelley

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