In a 4-3 decision the Court of Appeals did not address
whether the state must recognize same-sex marriage, according to a news report
on Leagle.com. However, with Thursday’s court decision, legally married
same-sex couples will be entitled to public employee health insurance coverage
and certain other benefits provided to heterosexual couples.
The court ruling noted that while same-sex marriage isn’t
legal in New York under the state Constitution, it doesn’t address whether New
York can recognize a same-sex marriage legally performed in another state. In its decision the court urged lawmakers to clear up the matter.
The lawsuit challenged the granting of benefits by the
state Civil Service Department and Westchester County, and was upheld in a
lower court (see NY Court Rules to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages from Out-of-state ). The lower
court’s ruling was challenged by the Alliance Defense Fund, which the news
report said has made no comment about the latest decision.
More about the decision is here .