Same-sex marriage has been recognized in New York since 2011. Governor Cuomo signed New York's Marriage Equality Act, which gave same-sex couples the right to marry legally. New York has always been known for its diversity and openness and the city clerk offices have been performing ceremonies for same-sex couples ever since gay and lesbian marriage was legalized four years ago.
Although equal rights for gay couples has not yet spread throughout the entirety of the United States, a few states do recognize and allow marriages between lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered couples, also known as LGBT couples, including New York state. The Mandel Law Firm family law attorneys, based in New York City, are here to help same-sex couples with powers of attorney, wills, assistance in preparing partnership agreements, as well as other documents necessary to legally protect LGBT rights.
Family law situations can be very complicated for same-sex couples, though recent changes to the law are making things easier. When the Defense of Marriage Act, also known as DOMA, was declared to be unconstitutional, the federal government showed that it supported the rights of same-sex couples.