Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the U. The Act does not have a residency restriction, as some similar laws in other states do. It allows religious organizations to decline to officiate at same-sex wedding ceremonies. In , the New York Court of Appeals ruled that the New York State Constitution does not require same-sex marriage rights and left the question of recognition to the State Legislature. Following the court decision, the New York State Assembly passed same-sex marriage legislation in , , and However, the New York Senate rejected such legislation in a 38—24 vote on December 2,
The ruling favored lawyers from New York City and New York state who argued there was a rational basis to not allow gay marriage. The lawyers argued that limiting marriage to a union between one man and one woman promotes the stability of the family as a child-rearing institution. In an unusual result, four judges upheld the marriage ban, including one issuing a separate but concurring opinion, and two judges opposed. The verdict left open the possibility that the New York Legislature could choose to recognize gay marriage.
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Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, handing a historic triumph to the American gay rights movement. The court ruled that the Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law mean that states cannot ban same-sex marriages. With the landmark ruling, gay marriage becomes legal in all 50 states.