NY Court Rules Married Same-Sex Couples Entitled to Benefits

November 19, 2009 - 12:00 PM
New York's top court has rejected a Christian legal group's challenge to some government benefits provided to legally married same-sex couples living in New York.
Albany, N.Y. (AP) - New York's top court has rejected a Christian legal group's challenge to some government benefits provided to legally married same-sex couples living in New York.
 
The court avoided declaring that same-sex couples are entitled to all the rights of other married couples in the ruling released Thursday.
 
New York doesn't allow same-sex marriage, so the ruling applies to couples married elsewhere. The case was pushed by the Alliance Defense Fund of Scottsdale, Ariz.
 
In a written opinion, Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick warns the effect of the decision will be to allow an unworkable pattern of conflicting orders by public officials involving different benefits and rights.