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NYC Clerk Must Post Marriage Options

NYC Clerk Must Post Marriage Options


The New York City Council approved a measure Wednesday that requires the city clerk to post information telling same-sex couples who seek domestic partnerships where they can go to get married.

Under the new measure, the city clerk must post the information on its website, and the information will be provided in hard copy at the office and at city marriage bureaus. Same-sex marriage is not legal in New York, but the state recognizes marriages performed in other jurisdictions, including nearby Connecticut.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is gay, presented the measure as a mix of creativity and exasperation with a state senate that has failed to pass the marriage equality bill.

"We in the city of New York have gone as far as we can go," she said in remarks Wednesday. "We're thinking outside of the box on a regular basis to make sure that all of the families of New York know that they are loved, respected and supported by the government of the city of New York. But yet again, every day, the state senate fails to recognize the families and fails to do the job that we have done so many times recognizing all families."

Watch the video of her remarks at the council meeting Wednesday.

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