Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Good News! Judge Rules NY Taxpayers Not Required to Recognize Canadian Same-Sex “Marriages”

From "N.Y. judge: Taxpayers have right to challenge state recognition of Canadian same-sex “marriages” posted 4/18/07 at

A New York Supreme Court judge denied a bid by same-sex couples to dismiss a case questioning the state’s recognition of same-sex “marriages” performed in Canada. ADF filed suit on behalf of New York taxpayers in 2006 seeking to block the state comptroller’s attempts to recognize of out-of-state same-sex “marriages.”

“The New York Court of Appeals has already decided that marriage is defined as one man and one woman,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Brian W. Raum. “The legislature never intended for the term ‘spouse’ to include same-sex couples ‘married’ in Canada.”

...The suit, Godfrey v. Hevesi, filed in 2006 by ADF attorneys on behalf of New York taxpayers, charges that the New York State Comptroller’s office acted illegally when it decided to recognize out-of-state same-sex “marriages” for purposes of retirement benefits (

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