New York Governor David A. Paterson Orders Recognition Of Gay Marriage
Was to Legalize Gay Marriage
New York agencies have been told to recognize same-sex marriages performed in places where they are legal.
The governor's legal counsel told state agencies in a May 14 memo to revise policies and regulations to recognize same-sex marriages performed in California and Massachusetts as well as Canada and other countries that allow gays and lesbians to marry, said Erin Duggan, the governor's spokeswoman.
The memo informed state agencies that failing to recognize gay marriages would violate the New York's human rights law, Duggan said.