NY court hears appeal in same-sex marriage case

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October 17, 2008


"A state appeals court heard arguments today on whether New York can give equal benefits to same-sex couples married in other jurisdictions.

The case comes from a decision by former Gov. Eliot Spitzer in May 2007 to let gay couples married out of state and employed by the state receive health benefits for their families.

"...The court hearing was the latest battle in New York over whether same-sex couples can be afforded equal rights under state law.

"...Susan Sommer, a lawyer for lambda Legal, argued today that the current case before the appellate court is similar to the Monroe County and urged the judges to make the same decision."

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