NY Court Rules Married Same-Sex Couples Entitled to Benefits

By Staff | November 19, 2009 | 12:00 PM EST
Albany, N.Y. (AP) - New York's top court has rejected a Christian legal group's challenge to some government benefits provided to legally married same-sex couples living in New York.
 
The court avoided declaring that same-sex couples are entitled to all the rights of other married couples in the ruling released Thursday.
 
New York doesn't allow same-sex marriage, so the ruling applies to couples married elsewhere. The case was pushed by the Alliance Defense Fund of Scottsdale, Ariz.
 
In a written opinion, Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick warns the effect of the decision will be to allow an unworkable pattern of conflicting orders by public officials involving different benefits and rights.
New York's top court has rejected a Christian legal group's challenge to some government benefits provided to legally married same-sex couples living in New York.