170 New Yorkers' Gay Marriages Upheld

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May 16, 2007

5/16/2007


"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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