National Briefs

Posted on 07 Feb 2008 at 6:19pm
By Staff and Wire Reports

New York appellate court says state must recognize lesbians’ Canadian marriage
A New York appellate court issued a unanimous decision on Feb. 1 that marriages of same-sex couples entered into outside of New York must be recognized by the state of New York.

The case, filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union, is the first appellate court decision in the state and the first known decision in the country to hold that a valid same-sex marriage must be recognized here.

The case, Martinez v. County of Monroe, was filed in 2005 in State Supreme Court on behalf of Patricia Martinez, an employee of Monroe Community College in Rochester, seeking health care benefits for her female partner whom she married in Canada in 2004.

This case raised the issue of whether the "marriage recognition rule," which requires New York State to recognize marriages that were solemnized outside the state.

School district settles with teacher fired for telling students he is gay
The Ravenswood City School District in California this week reached a settlement with a former fifth-grade teacher who alleged he was forced to quit after telling students he was gay, according to reports this week on MercuryNews.com.
Emmit Hancock, 29, who filed the sexual discrimination lawsuit in October, 2005, will receive a year’s salary, or $41,000, under the terms of the settlement.

Hancock said that after paying legal fees, he received about $18,000 from the settlement reached a couple of months ago.
District officials say they settled to avoid a trial, but accepted no guilt in the matter.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 8, 2008

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