Briefly noted

A New York judge has dismissed the first challenge to a new state policy that recognizes same-sex marriages performed out of state, saying the current policy is in line with state law. In a ruling September 2, state Supreme Court judge Lucy Billings called the directive “consistent with New York’s common law, statutory law, and constitutional separation of powers regarding recognition of marriages legally solemnized outside New York.” The Alliance Defensive Fund, a conservative Christian legal organization, brought the suit in June shortly after Governor David Paterson ordered that same-sex couples who are married out of state be given the same rights afforded to heterosexual couples.


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