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Gay unions will be recognized

May 29, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Gov. David Paterson has told state agencies to recognize gay marriages performed where the unions are legal, including California and Maryland.

Agencies, including those governing insurance and healthcare, must immediately change policies and regulations to ensure "spouse," "husband" and "wife" are clearly understood to include gay couples, according to a memo sent this month from the governor's counsel.

Gay marriage is not legal in New York, and the state's highest court, the Court of Appeals, has said it can only be legalized by the Legislature. But the memo, based on a Feb. 1 New York Appellate Division court ruling, would recognize the marriages of New Yorkers who are legally wed elsewhere.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Friday, May 30, 2008 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 33 words Type of Material: Correction
Gay marriage: A national news brief in Thursday's Section A about recognition of gay marriage in the state of New York said gay marriage was legal in Maryland. It should have said Massachusetts.

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