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Defense of Marriage Act News
The Defense of Marriage legislation, S2056 and
A4097, defines "marriage" in New York State as only between
a man and a woman, and it states that New York will not recognize
same-sex marriages or unions, even if they are legal in other jurisdictions.
The current list of Senate sponsors for S2056 is as follows:
Maltese, Alesi, Bonacic, DeFrancisco, Farley, Golden,
Larkin, Libous, Marchi, Maziarz, Meier, Nozzolio, Padavan, Rath,
Seward, Trunzo, Volker and Wright.
In the Assembly, A4097 has the following sponsors:
Seminerio, Casale, Calhoun, Butler, Bacalles,
Fitzpatrick, Gordon, Hooker, Kolb, and Townsend.
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of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision, City of Sherrill, NY vs. Oneida Indian Nation of New York
It appears that the deal struck between
Gov. Pataki and the various Indian tribes over land and casinos is null and void. The Indians will
now have to pay taxes on land they own off of their reservations.