recognizing same-sex marriages legally officiated in other states
and countries. Gov. Paterson issued his memo to state agencies one
day before the California State Supreme Court overturned the ban on
same-sex marriage in California.
Gov. Paterson’s order complies with a February New York State
Appeals Court ruling which said that out-of-state same-sex
marriages are entitled to equal recognition in the State of New
York in accordance with New York law. The Governor’s memo is part
of the execution of that ruling.
This is a great day for relationship recognition, as the California
ruling allows same-sex couples from other states to marry in
California and now couples from New York who wish to marry in
California will have their unions recognized back home!