Same sex marriage was passed in New York State on June 24th. Starting Sunday, July 24th, gay and lesbian couples will have the opportunity to get their marriage licenses.
For many couples planning a wedding, it can be a stressful time. An attorney for NYCLU Genesee Valley, Kaelyn Rich, says same sex couples have extra worries over both planning a wedding and understanding the legalities of their marriage.
"What kind of benefit am I going to get from marriage, what kind of things might be an impediment to getting marriage in New York, when should I consult an attorney, my parental right, how does it affect adoption, and those types of things,” said Rich.
The guide offers legal advice from attorneys and goes over the nuts and bolts surrounding the same sex marriage law.
Rich says the new law impacts 42,000 couples in New York State. She says this guide is a huge help to those couples.
The "know your rights" guide is currently only online but there will be a printed version available in the coming weeks.
If you would like to take a look at the online same sex marriage guide, you can find it on the NYCLU's website at NYCLU.org.