New York passed a law called the Marriage Equality Act to legalize same-sex marriage on June 24, 2011.  It was enacted one month later, on July 24, 2011. New York had previously only recognized same-sex unions from other states and countries. This law contained no residency requirement, so same-sex couples from other states could travel to legally marry in New York. New York also offers domestic partnerships as an option for all couples.

Please consult our Ultimate Guide to Gay Marriage Laws if you would like more information about the current law.

Should I Consult an Attorney?

If you have questions about same-sex marriage, please contact a New York family law attorney.