The Declaration of Independence of the United States of America, ratified on July
4, 1776, boldly declared: AWe hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.@ However, from the birth of our nation and continuing until recently, the general citizenry of our United States of America have denied gay and lesbian citizens of the United States their basic
unalienable right of the pursuit of happiness.
For too long state governments, who under the Constitution of the United
States retained the power to regulate marriage, remained silent on the issue of same-sex marriage, or simply declared that marriage was between a man and a woman. However, over the years public pressure continued to mount and eventually several states have enacted legislation permitting same-sex marriages.
The State of New York, on June 24, 2011, became the 7th State of the
Union, along with Washington, D.C., to enact same-sex marriage legislation. The
New York law, enacted under Bill A8354-2011 and known as the Marriage Equality
Act was signed into law on June 24, 2011 and became effective on July 24, 2011.
The New York State Legislature declared that marriage is a fundamental human right
and that same sex couples should have the same access as others to the
protections, responsibilities, rights, obligations, and benefits of civil
marriage. The legislature further made it clear that the marriage of same-sex
and different-sex couples be treated equally in all respects under the law.
The new law enacted in New York amends the New York State=s
Domestic Relations Law in the following ways:
(a) Applications for a marriage license shall be granted regardless of whether the parties are of the same or a different sex;
(b) A marriage that is otherwise valid shall be valid regardless of whether the parties to the marriage are of the same or a different sex;
(c) No government treatment or legal status, effect, right, benefit, privilege, protection or responsibility relating to marriage shall differ based on the parties to the marriage being of the same sex or a different sex;
(d) No religious entity, benevolent organization or not-for-profit corporation that is operated, supervised or controlled by a religious entity, or its employees, can be required to perform marriage ceremonies or provide its facilities for marriage ceremonies, consistent with its religious principles.
In keeping with the new New York State Marriage Equality Act the law firm of Phillip J. Jusino & Associates, and every member of the office staff, endeavors to conduct each and every single matrimonial action that we undertake in the same professional manner. Every member of our staff is committed to ensuring that every matrimonial client, of the same-sex or different-sex, is treated with the same dignity, privacy and
respect that their matter deserves.
Whether you agree with the same-sex marriage or not, it is now the law of the State of New York and it is here to stay. The law firm of Phillip J. Jusino and Associates has over twenty three (23) years experience in matrimonial and family law practice handling the multitude of issues involved therein which involve the same issues that a same-sex couple may have to deal with when divorcing.
That is why someone looking to have an attorney for a divorce or family law matter must consider that attorneys experience, background, temperament, attentiveness and reputation in the legal community.
If you choose the law firm of Phillip J. Jusino and Associates you will have chosen a law firm that takes all of the above considerations very seriously. For a free consultation please call (631) 588-3155.