Cuomo Announces Passage of Marriage Equality Act
June 24, 2011, Albany - Governor Andrew M.
Cuomo announces passage of the Marriage Equality Act, granting same-sex couples
the freedom to marry under the law, as well as hundreds of rights, benefits,
and protections that have been limited to married couples of the opposite sex.
has finally torn down the barrier
that has prevented same-sex couples from exercising the freedom to marry and
from receiving the fundamental protections that so many couples and families
take for granted," Governor Cuomo said. "With the world watching, the
Legislature, by a bipartisan vote, has said that all New Yorkers are equal
under the law. With this vote, marriage equality will become a reality in our
state, delivering long overdue fairness and legal security to thousands of New Yorkers."
Beginning JULY 24th when the bill goes into
effect and for the following week city clerks will add 2 hours to every day to
perform marriages and the 24 hour waiting period has been waived.
For more information go to nycgo.gov or
However, not all
In a recent opinion article in the NYTimes it was
suggested that domestic-partner couples might be losing some freedoms
and rights by being forced into the marriage mold -
Is a Mixed Blessing
Domestic partnerships and civil unions
aren’t a consolation prize made available to lesbian and gay couples because we
are barred from legally marrying. Rather, they have offered us an opportunity
to order our lives in
ways that have given us greater freedom than
can be found in the one-size-
fits-all rules of marriage.
partners will be required by both public and private employers to marry their
partners in order to keep those rights. In other words,
“winning” the right to marry may mean “losing” the rights we have now as
domestic partners, as we’ll be folded into the all-or-nothing world of
Once the marriage ban in
is lifted, domestic-partner couples, both gay and straight, will risk losing
access to health care and other benefits if their employers treat marriage as
the only ticket for entitlement to these benefits, which are increasingly
expensive. While it is a major victory and we have worked hard to achieve it.
Even people such as our Mayor Bloomberg,
who has been in a relationship for over 10 years without marrying, illustrate one
can be an ardent supporter of marriage rights for same-sex couples while also
recognizing that serious, committed relationships can be formed outside of
marriage. Conversely it will probably
put some strain on relationships that have happily existed without legal
commitment now that the option is there.
In response to the question “Are You Getting Married?” A quick random
poll among Grovites offered the following:
“Not Me!!!”, “I’ll ask my accountant” Hoffas: “On a strictly business basis it makes
sense”. Arthur “Nice to know we can but its not really
necessary”. One couple went to
3 years ago for “health benefits”. Timothea “We went to
years ago to get married”. Cobra: “Why not? After 37 years?” Jack & Curtis
“eventually, maybe something legal and then a full event a year later”, “Divorce
attorneys will clean up in a year”(anon), Angela Merci
“It’s amazing to have the choice but we’ve been together a long time without
it” Charity: “You know my theme song – Living Alone and I Like It” (me, too)
I would welcome comments on this fascinating, brand