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Everything you need to know about getting married in New York

NEW YORK – Marriage equality debuts in New York state on Sunday, July 24, and that means lots of questions about gay and lesbian weddings.

Lambda Legal has posted an updated FAQ for same-sex couples who plan to marry. The new law will provide hundreds of rights and protections for same-sex couples and their children.

The New York legislature passed the Marriage Equality Act on June 24, 2011, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed it into law that night. Couples who have questions about how or where to get their license, what rights and responsibilities come with getting married or how to get their marriage solemnized can find those answers and more HERE.

Lambda Legal’s Spanish FAQ can be found HERE.

New York recognizes the out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples from other jurisdictions. Couples who have legally married elsewhere do not need to marry again in New York to enjoy protections including hospital visitation, pension benefits and joint state tax filing.

Getting married in New York

Want to get married in New York? Gay and lesbian couples don't have to be residents of the Empire State to wed there.

Applications for marriage licenses can be made in person or via the Internet by clicking HERE.