The state Legislature is mulling over a bill introduced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that would legalize same-sex marriage in New York if passed.
According to a letter released by the Governor's office the ammendments to the law would state:
- A marriage that is otherwise valid shall be valid regardless of whether the parties to the marriage are of the same or 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 the same sex or a different sex
- All relevant gender-specific language set forth in or referenced by New York law shall be construed in a gender-neutral manner
- No application for a marriage license shall be denied on the ground that the parties are of the same or a different sex
State Sen. Kenneth LaValle's office told Patch that while he supports gay civil unions and has supported equality for gays, he believes marriage is between a man and a woman. He will vote no on the gay marriage measure if a bill comes to the floor.
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