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Former President Bush’s Daughter Endorses Gay Marriage

bush-150x100Barbara Bush, age 29, one of George Bush’s twin daughters, has taped a video endorsing gay marriage. The video calls for the State of New York to legalize gay marriage. In her video, she says this a matter of conscience and equality.

Her father, former President George Bush, does not agree with her on this topic. Barbara Bush is not the first child of a prominent Republican to support same sex marriage.

Meghan McCain Endorses Same Sex Marriage

Meghan McCain, the daughter of John McCain, who received the Republic nomination for the presidency in 2008, has been a outspoken supporter of same sex marriages. Her father, John McCain, like George Bush, opposes same sex marriage.

Mary Cheney Supports Same Sex Marriages

Mary Cheney is the daughter of Dick Cheney. Dick Cheney was the Vice President serving under George Bush. Mary Cheney is a lesbian. She is an outspoken supporter of gay rights and gay marriage. As with George Bush and John McCain, Mary’s father, Dick Cheney opposes same sex marriage.

New York Bars Law Concerning Same Sex Marriages

Members of the same sex can now marry in the State of New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo helped get this bill through the New York State Legislature. Hooray for Andrew Cuomo!

New York and Long Island Divorce Lawyer

The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo have been handling divorces in the Metropolitan New York area for over 33 years. We litigate all aspects of divorce related proceedings in the Supreme Court and Family Court. These proceedings involve divorce groundsno fault divorcechild custodymothers’ rights,fathers’ rightschild supportdownward modification of child supportspousal maintenance (alimony)and domestic violence issues. In addition, we negotiate separation agreementsprenuptial agreementsand post-nuptial agreements for our clients. We litigate equitable distribution issues involving doctor, dentist and lawyer licenses. Call us for a free consultation.

Canadian Gay Marriage Valid, Partner to Inherit in Probate Court

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The Appellate Division in New York held in February of 2011, in the matter of the Estate of H. Kenneth Ranftle, that they recognize as valid the Canadian marriage of H. Kenneth Ranftle and J. Craig Leiby. The late Kenneth Ranftle named Craig as “surviving spouse and sole distributee” in his will. The court found that the recognizing of the Canadian marriage, for purposes of extending the partner of the deceased inheritance benefits, was not in violation of New York public policy.

The court said, “the legislature’s failure to authorize same sex couples to enter into marriage in New York, or acquire recognition of validly perform out of state same sex marriages, cannot serve as an expression of public policy for the state.” The decision was unanimously made by the Appellate Division of the First Department.

Obama Administration to No Longer  Defend the Defense of Marriage Act

The decision was rendered on February 24, 2011. This was the same day that the Obama Administration in Washington formally announced that it would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act. This law defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman under federal law.

Prior Marriage in 2008

Mr. Ranftle and Mr. Leiby married in Quebec, Ontario, in June of 2008. Mr. Ranftle lived together for a period of five months after their marriage. His will left the large majority of his estate to Mr. Leiby. Mr. Leiby was also designated his executor.

Mr. Leiby submitted a probate petition in New York County Surrogates Court. In it he claimed he was the surviving spouse and only distributee of the estate. One of Mr. Ranftle’s brothers brought a proceeding to set aside the probate petition.

Same Sex Marriage Not Valid in New York

The New York State Court of Appeals has previously ruled that same sex marriages are not valid if entered into in the state of New York. However, the court does recognize marriages in foreign countries and in other states where same sex marriages are considered legal.

During his administration, Governor David Patterson instructed state agencies to consider same sex marriages entered into in foreign countries and other states where they are considered legal, to be excepted in New York State.

Mr. Ranftle’s brother had argued in the Surrogates Court, “recognizing same sex marriages is a fundamental legal claim that cannot occur in the absence of legislative authority.” His argument was not accepted by either the Surrogates Court in New York County or the Appellate Division, First Department.

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New York Divorce Lawyers

For more than thirty years, the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo has been handling divorce proceedings in New York. We represent individuals in same sex relationships. We negotiate pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. We protect both mothers’ rights and fathers’ rights. We negotiate separation agreements on behalf of our clients. We litigate issues involving orders of protection, family law, child custody, child abuse and child neglect. Call us should you need a matrimonial or family law attorney within the Metropolitan New York area. Our phone numbers are 718-350-2802, 516-561-6645 or 1-800-344-6431.

Is Marriage Becoming Obsolete?

marry-150x150A recent study found that four out of ten Americans think marriage is obsolete.  This same study also showed that attitudes have been changing concerning gay relationships and gay marriage.  Today, an unwed couple can be the definition of a family situation.

Since the 1970’s, there has been a significant increase in the number of Americans who believe the institution of marriage is becoming obsolete.  In 1978, only 28% of Americans questioned by Time Magazine believed that marriage was becoming obsolete.  Today, that number has climbed to 39%.

Although marriage is becoming less popular in the United States, various attitudes reflect different racial, social and ethnic groups regarding the institution of marriage and are reflected in a survey conducted by Pew Research Center and Time Magazine.  The gap between marriage rates for college graduates and individuals with only a high school education is growing larger.  In 1960, the gap was only 4%.  Today, the gap is 16%.  Among college graduates, 64% now marry, as compared with 48% of individuals with only high school educations.  The reason the less educated Americans are marrying less often has to do with financial issues.

The study conducted by the Pew Research Center and Time Magazine also showed that 86% of respondents consider a single parent and a child to be a family.  If marriage rates go down, then divorce rates should go down.  Unfortunately, that is not the case. The divorce rate in most states in the United States is approximately 50%.

About our Firm: New York and Long Island Divorce Lawyers

The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo have been handling divorces for men and women in the Metropolitan New York area for more than thirty years.  Our firm litigates all aspects of divorce proceedings, including child custody, visitation, division of property, fathers’ rights, mothers’ rights, and all issues concerning orders of protection.  If we can be of assistance to you, feel free to call us at 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.

Gays Can Adopt in New York

gayscanadopt-150x150A new law was recently implemented allowing unmarried same sex partners, which includes gay couples, to jointly adopt children in New York.The sponsors of this statue indicate that this law clears up any issues as to whether gay couples can jointly adopt. This statue also deals with the issues of child support, insurance, child custody and visitation issues.

Gays Cannot Marry In New York

New York still does not allow same sex marriages. This past December, the New York State Senate voted down a statue that would have legalized these relationships.

However, in the event individuals residing in New York are married in another state or country that recognizes same sex marriages, the New York courts have recognized such marriages as valid in New York. New York will also grant divorces to individuals who were married in a state or foreign jurisdiction that authorizes same sex marriages.

In the past, for same sex couples to adopt, each individual would have to adopt the child separately. There are many children who live in foster homes and need loving parents to adopt them. This new statue is a step in the right direction.

Our law firm handles issues involving into child custody, same sex relationships, family law, divorce, divorce grounds and visitation.

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