Gov. Cuomo signs legislation conforming law to Marriage Equality Act
ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- New York's Marriage Equality Act is extending its reach. Effective immediately, same-sex marriages will be recognized in estate planning and surrogacy court procedures.
Previously, neither the Estates, Powers and Trusts Law nor the Surrogate's Court Procedure Act recognized couples of the same gender.
The 2011 Marriage Equality Act provides that marriage of same-sex and different-sex couples are to be treated equally in all respects under the law.
"Marriage equality is about dignity and respect for the LGBTQ community, which is why New York was the first big state in the nation to get it done," Governor Cuomo said. "With this measure, we're ensuring every law on our books, no matter how technical, is reflective of the fact that families sometimes have two dads or two moms or two moms or two husbands or two wives -- and we celebrate that diversity because it's what makes New York who we are."
The new law updates the language in these other laws, removing phrases such as "husband/wife" and replacing it with phrases that recognize both same-sex and different-sex marriages, such "spouses, husbands or wives."