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Old 03-04-2004, 10:06 AM   #21
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Same sex marriage is not illegal in New York State.

I believe there is a law in New York City making it illegal there.

And although only a man and woman can apply for a marriage license, If any of the individuals specified in Section 11 of the New York State Domestic Relations Law perform the wedding it is legal whether or not there was a license.

There is no law requiring people to have a license to become married.

There is a law requiring people who can perform weddings to only do so to couples who have a license. But, and here is the kicker, If they perform a wedding without a license, the marriage is still considered valid.

Notice that the article mentions that gay couples were denied a marriage license. No shock there. Until ordered to do so by their boss (the mayor, governor or legislature) I doubt any clerk would risk their job by issuing a license to a non-traditional couple.
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