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NYS Bar Association 2009 Marriage Equality Recommendation

NYS Bar Association 2009 Marriage Equality Recommendation

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This report was approved by the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association on June 20, 2009.
 
NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
 S
PECIAL
C
OMMITTEE ON
 LGBT
 
P
EOPLE AND THE
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 R
EPORT AND
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ECOMMENDATION ON
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ARRIAGE
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IGHTS FOR
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2009
 
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Executive Summary.......................................................................................................................1PART ONEMarriage, Civil Union, Domestic Partnership Outside New York.....................................9I. Marriage.................................................................................................................9A. Massachusetts............................................................................................9B. California.................................................................................................121. The Majority Opinion (by Justice George)..................................132. Concurring Opinion (by Justice Kennard)...................................173. The Baxter Dissent.......................................................................174. The Corrigan Dissent...................................................................185. Post-ruling Initiative Overturns Access to Marriage forSame-Sex Couples (Proposition 8).............................................19C. Connecticut..............................................................................................221. The Majority Opinion (by Justice Palmer)..................................232. The Borden Dissent......................................................................273. The Vertefeuille Dissent..............................................................294. The Zarella Dissent......................................................................295. Post-Ruling Developments..........................................................30D. Iowa..........................................................................................................31E. Vermont...................................................................................................39F. Maryland..................................................................................................411. The Majority Opinion (by Judge Harrell)....................................412. The Raker Dissent........................................................................423. The Battaglia Dissent...................................................................434. The Bell Dissent...........................................................................44G. Pending Marriage Legislation..................................................................44H. International.............................................................................................451. Canada..........................................................................................462. Spain............................................................................................463. South Africa.................................................................................474. Nepal............................................................................................48
 
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5. Norway.........................................................................................50II. Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships in the United States.............................50A. Vermont...................................................................................................51B. New Jersey...............................................................................................57C. New Hampshire.......................................................................................61D. Oregon......................................................................................................62E. Maine.......................................................................................................63F. Washington State.....................................................................................63G. International.............................................................................................641. Mexico.........................................................................................642. Colombia......................................................................................653. United Kingdom...........................................................................664. Other Countries............................................................................68a. Hungary............................................................................68b. Israel.................................................................................68c. Andorra............................................................................69III. Rejection of Marriage Rights For Same-Sex Couples.........................................69A. The Defense of Marriage Act and the Mini-DOMAs..............................691. The History and Terms of the DOMAs.......................................692. Legal Challenges to the Federal DOMA.....................................743. Legal Challenges to Anti-Marriage ConstitutionalAmendments................................................................................76a. Georgia.............................................................................76b. Oklahoma.........................................................................77c. Wisconsin.........................................................................80d. Nebraska..........................................................................80B. International Anti-Marriage Actions Since 2004.....................................81PART TWOMarriage Developments in New York.............................................................................84I.
 Hernandez v. Robles
(New York Court of Appeals, 2006).................................85

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