June 24, 2011, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law the Marriage Equality Act which amends New York's Domestic Relations Law in the following ways:
Applications for a marriage license shall be granted regardless of whether the parties are of the same or a different sex;
A marriage that is otherwise valid shall be valid regardless of whether the parties to the marriage are of the same or a different sex;
No government treatment or legal status, effect, right, benefit, privilege, protection or responsibility relating to marriage shall differ based on the parties to the marriage being of the same sex or a different sex;
No religious entity, benevolent organization or not-for-profit corporation that is operated, supervised or controlled by a religious entity, or its employees, can be required to perform marriage ceremonies or provide its facilities for marriage ceremonies, consistent with its religious principles.
Who can get married in New York State now?
Any couple that meets current requirements for getting married in New York State is eligible to marry regardless of sex.
Where can I get more information on getting married in New York State?
More information on the requirements or getting married in New York State can be found here.
You will find answers to such questions as: What is the Marriage Equlity Act? Who can get married now? When is the earliest I can get married under the Marriage Equality Act? Is there a waiting period? What is a second or subsequent marriage ceremony? Where can I obtain the form for a marriage license? Are town or city clerks required to give me a marriage license? How long is the license valid? How much does it cost? Is a premarital physical exam required? What are the age and consent requirements for minors? Proof of Age and Identity Familial Restrictions Previous Marriages Surname Options Where can a marriage take place? What about the ceremony? Who can perform a marriage ceremony? Where can I get copies of my records? You will also be able to view a sample copy of a Marriage License
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