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Marriage Equality Bill

Marriage Equality Bill

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12066-04-11Section
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Thisactshallbeknownandmaybecitedasthe"Marriage2EqualityAct".3
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2.Legislativeintent.Marriageisafundamentalhumanright.Same-4sexcouplesshouldhavethesameaccessasotherstotheprotections,5responsibilities,rights,obligations,andbenefitsofcivilmarriage.6Stablefamilyrelationshipshelpbuildastrongersociety.Forthe7welfareofthecommunityandinfairnesstoallNewYorkers,thisact8formallyrecognizesotherwise-validmarriageswithoutregardtowhether9thepartiesareofthesameordifferentsex.10Itistheintentofthelegislaturethatthemarriagesofsame-sexand11different-sexcouplesbetreatedequallyinallrespectsunderthelaw.12Theomissionfromthisactofchangestootherprovisionsoflawshall13notbeconstruedasalegislativeintenttopreserveanylegal14distinctionbetweensame-sexcouplesanddifferent-sexcoupleswith15respecttomarriage.Thelegislatureintendsthatallprovisionsoflaw16whichutilizegender-specifictermsinreferencetothepartiestoa17marriage,orwhichinanyotherwaymaybeinconsistentwiththisact,18beconstruedinagender-neutralmannerorinanywaynecessaryto19effectuatetheintentofthisact.20
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3.Thedomesticrelationslawisamendedbyaddingtwonewsections2110-aand10-btoreadasfollows:22
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10-a.Partiestoamarriage.1.Amarriagethatisotherwisevalid23shallbevalidregardlessofwhetherthepartiestothemarriageareof24thesameordifferentsex.252.Nogovernmenttreatmentorlegalstatus,effect,right,benefit,26privilege,protectionorresponsibilityrelatingtomarriage,whether27derivingfromstatute,administrativeorcourtrule,publicpolicy,28COmmonlaworanyothersourceoflaw,shalldifferbasedontheparties
 
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12066-04-11tothemarriagebeingorhavingbeenofthesamesexratherthana2differentsex.Whennecessarytoimplementtherightsandresponsibil-3itiesofspousesunderthelaw,allgender-specificlanguageorterms4shallbeconstruedinagender-neutralmannerinallsuchsourcesof5law.6
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10-b.Application.1.Notwithstandinganyotherprovisionoflaw,7pursuanttosubdivisionnineofsectiontwohundredninety-twoofthe8executivelaw,acorporationincorporatedunderthebenevolentorders9lawordescribedinthebenevolentorderslawbutformedunderanyother10lawofthisstateorareligiouscorporationincorporatedunderthe11educationlaworthereligiouscorporationslawsshallbedeemedtobe12initsnaturedistinctlyprivateandtherefore,shallnotberequiredto13provideaccommodations,advantages,facilitiesorprivilegesrelatedto14thesolemnizationorcelebrationofamarriage.152.Arefusalbyabenevolentorganizationorareligiouscorporation,16incorporatedundertheeducationlaworthereligiouscorporationslaw,17toprovideaccommodations,advantages,facilitiesorprivilegesin18connectionwithsectionten-aofthisarticleshallnotcreateacivil19claimorcauseofaction.203.Pursuanttosubdivisionelevenofsectiontwohundredninety-sixof21theexecutivelaw,nothinginthisarticleshallbedeemedorconstrued22toprohibitanyreligiousordenominationalinstitutionororganization,23oranyorganizationoperatedforcharitableoreducationalpurposes,24whichisoperated,supervisedorcontrolledbyorinconnectionwitha25religiousorganizationfromlimitingemploymentorsalesorrentalof26housingaccommodationsoradmissiontoorgivingpreferencetopersons27ofthesamereligionordenominationorfromtakingsuchactionasis

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