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Gov. David A. Paterson has directed all state agencies to begin to revise their policies and regulations to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, like Massachusetts, California and Canada.

Governor Paterson will have many opponents to his directive to state agencies to recognize same-sex marriages performed outside New York. The New York Times reported that an Arizona-based conservative Christian group is planning to sue the Governor and that Senate Republicans were trying to decide how to respond to the Governor’s directive.

This is an issue of state-church separation. Opponents of church-state separation, led by the Religious Right, extol the “traditional” family of a married couple with children. While many American families fit this mold, others do not. All loving families, regardless of their composition, deserve support from government and society. The government must not deny adoption, child custody and other fundamental rights to families labeled “non-traditional” because of religious bias or narrow interpretations of holy books held by certain religious believers. The government must also recognize that while many couples choose to be married in a house of worship, marriage itself is ultimately a civil institution; access to it should not be defined or limited because of religious strictures.

The Governor needs to hear from New Yorkers. Please click here to send an email to the Governor and thank him for his directive. Let him know that you see this issue, not only one of rights for all people, but one of church-state separation.

Last month, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected a legal challenge filed by Coach Marcus Borden of East Brunswick High School.

Religious Right groups frequently imply that houses of worship can engage in partisan politicking without fear of violating federal tax law.


This is not true!


Churches, temples and mosques must refrain from outright electioneering. It is not the job of religious leaders to tell people which candidates to vote for or not vote for.


The law is clear: The Internal Revenue Code states that all section 501(c)(3) organizations