June 3rd, 2010
02:17 AM ET

NY to conduct civil ceremonies for gay couples

The city clerk's office in New York will begin conducting domestic partnership ceremonies for gay couples starting Thursday.

For more than a decade, the office has handed out certificates for such couplings.

But after the city rules were amended earlier this year, the office decided to add a little fanfare to the unions and conduct marriage-like ceremonies for the pairs.

While domestic partners in New York don't enjoy all the rights that married couples do, such unions can bestow some legal rights - such as hopital visitation and health benefits.

Marriage for gay couples is still unrecognized in the state. In December, the state Senate rejected bill legalizing such marriages.

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  1. Greg in VA

    Take away the Word Marriage from the Federal Government and keep it in the church, if you want to be reconginized by the Federal and State Governments then everyone should get a civil union. Problem Solved Case Closed.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gemini

    OneForChrist is a complete idiot. What backward, upside down book is he reading and exactly where did you get your "facts"? I don't have AIDs, I don't spread disease, I have been monogamous for 15 years and I don't even like kids.

    June 3, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. AMerican

    What ever happened to separation church and state!
    Will California legalize cannibis? I bet that will pass and I'll be allowed to smoke it in California before I can be united by civil union with my partner.
    At least, I can be separated from my partner without the high cost of a divorse lawyers! You straight fools make less income per capita that gays but don't mind throwing away what you have on your divorse lawyers! That's so smart!

    June 3, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AMerican

    What ever happened to separation church and state!
    Will California legalize cannibis? I bet that will pass and I'll be allowed to smoke it in California before I can be united by civil union with my partner.
    At least, I can be separated from my partner without the high cost of a divorse lawyers! You straight fools make less income per capita than gays but don't mind throwing away what you have on your divorse lawyers! That's so smart!

    June 3, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
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