Judges Stake Out Narrow Grounds In Upholding Same-Sex Benefits

, New York Law Journal

The state Court of Appeals today affirmed the recognition of same-sex marriages by a county executive and a state agency, but by a bare 4-3 margin declined to extend full New York recognition to such marriages contracted in other states and countries where they are legal. Rather, the four-judge majority, in an opinion authored by Judge Eugene F. Pigott, Jr., importuned the Legislature to decide the question, as it did in 2006 when the Court decided that same-sex couples have no constitutional right to wed within the state but left open the status of same-sex marriages contracted outside the state.

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