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New York’s same-sex marriage law requires reviewing benefits

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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.

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