Canada legalized marriage between same-sex couples in 2005. Since then, same-sex partners all over the world can travel to Canada, obtain a marriage license, and in a few short days be lawfully wed. But if you move to the United States (U.S.), whether your Canadian marriage will Author: Nolo. On June 15, 2011, the New York State Assembly passed the Marriage Equality Act, a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, by a margin of 80 to 63; this was a smaller margin of victory than three same-sex marriage bills had attained in the Assembly in prior years.
New York State to Recognize Canadian Marriages of Same-Sex Couples. TORONTO—Yesterday the New York State and Local Retirement System announced it will treat Canadian marriages of same-sex couples the same as any other marriage for purposes of retirement benefits and obligations. Same-sex marriage in Canada was progressively introduced in several provinces by court decisions beginning in 2003 before being legally recognized nationwide with the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act on July 20, 2005. On June 10, 2003, the Court of Appeal for Ontario issued a decision immediately legalizing same-sex marriage in Ontario, thereby becoming the first province where it was legal.
In general, unless the marriage breaks US law, marriages which are legally performed and valid abroad are also legally valid in the United States. Inquiries regarding the validity of a marriage abroad should be directed to the attorney general of the state in the United States where the parties to the marriage live. New York State residents receive LGBT and same-sex marriage protections under a variety of state and local laws. For information on whether a specific law applies to you, or if you believe you have been the victim of discrimination, contact the Civil Rights Bureau at (212) 416-8250 or [email protected] New York State LGBT Laws The Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination.
State level bans against same-sex marriage licenses became obsolete in June 2015 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell vs. Hodges that it was unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to marry.The decision was an unprecedented step forward in the gay rights movement when the court ruled in a 5-4 decision that all states must recognize same-sex marriages under federal law. Are canadian same sex marriages recognized in the US? I just heard a radical right winger say that there is a US law that states canadian marriages are to be recognized in the US. He stated that because of this gay couples in the US were going to canada to get married, then returned to the states and have the marriage recognized.