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NY Respects Couples' Out-of-State Marriages

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The Supreme Court of New York for Westchester County held that County Executive Spano can recognize out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples living in Westchester County.

“Today’s decision follows a long history of settled law in New York, namely that our state respects marriages that are validly entered into in other jurisdictions,” said Alphonso David, Staff Attorney at Lambda Legal and lead attorney on this case. “Our clients can now have some peace of mind that their marriage is secure in Westchester County.”

On June 6, 2006, Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano issued Executive Order No. 3, which provides that “every department, board, agency, and commission of the County of Westchester under my jurisdiction (shall) recognize same sex marriages lawfully entered into outside the State of New York in the same manner as they currently recognize opposite sex marriages” with regard to extending benefits and rights to those couples.