by Thaddeus J. Lewkowicz, Esq.
On June 24, 2011, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Marriage Equality Act, which allows same-sex couples to be married in New York and to have, with certain exceptions, the same legal protections available to opposite-sex couples married in New York. The law went into effect on July 24.
The law has important implications for employer-provided benefits. (See the box below for details on what you should do to comply.)
The major changes
The Marriage Equality Act states:
- No application for a marriage license in New York will be denied because the parties are of the same sex.
- An otherwise valid marriage remains valid whether the parties are of the same or different sex.
- No government treatment or legal status relating to marriage in New York will differ because the parties are or have been of the same rather than a different sex.
The law allows exceptions for religious entities, benevolent organizat...(register to read more)