Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the Marriage Equality Act ("Act") into law effective July 24, 2011 (Laws of 2011, chapters 95 and 96). The Act provides that no government treatment or legal status, effect, right, benefit, privilege, protection or responsibility relating to marriage, whether deriving from statute, administrative or court rule, public policy, common law or any other source of law, will differ based on the parties to the marriage being or having been of the same sex rather than of a different sex. Further, all gender-specific language or terms in state law must be construed in a gender-neutral manner.
This law applies to all programs administered by New York State Homes and Community Renewal ("HCR"). Although HCR is amending all program documentation to reflect the new law, some changes to program documentation may take several weeks to complete due to required procedural rules. Nevertheless, all HCR documentation, whether amended or not, is subject to the Act and, therefore, the rights of same-sex married couples will be respected.
Last Updated: 09/09/2011