This morning, Judge Doris Ling-Cohan of the New York State Supreme Court ruled that denying gay couples the right to marry is unconstitutional. Since there is no specific language in the New York state constitution that specifically denies gay couples the right to marry, the Judge’s ruling in effect makes the state constitution gender-neutral, removing the roadblock of the terms “husband, wife, bride, groom, etc.,” that were used as an argument against legalizing gay marriage in the state: Henceforth, the words “husband,” “wife,” “groom” and “bride” in New York’s Domestic Relations law “shall be construed to mean ‘spouse,’ and all personal pronouns . . . shall be construed to apply equally to either men or women.”
Gay couples statewide will be able to obtain marriage licenses immediately after the ruling takes effect in 30 days, provided the State Appeals Court upholds the ruling.