170 New Yorkers' Gay Marriages Upheld

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May 16, 2007


"The marriages of more than 170 gay couples from New York who wed in Massachusetts before last July are valid because New York had not yet explicitly banned same-sex marriages, a Massachusetts judge ruled.

"Susan Sommer, senior counsel for Lambda Legal, a New York-based gay rights organization, said New York common law has held that as long as a marriage is valid where it is performed, it will be respected in New York.

"'Not everybody along the way has agreed ? there's been some litigation around ? but the clear direction is one of growing respect and recognition,' she said."

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