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State marks same-sex marriage law anniversary

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said the one-year anniversary Tuesday of the state’s marriage equality law taking effect is a day to celebrate and reflect.

The law went into effect July 24, 2011.

“One year ago, the Marriage Equality Act became a reality for same-sex couples upstate and downstate who had been living for decades with disparate treatment simply based on their sexual orientation,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says in an issued statement. “Since then, thousands of same-sex couples have gotten married in New York and are now afforded thousands of benefits and protections that they were previously deprived of under state law, including health care and hospital visitation rights, pension benefits, property ownership, inheritance rights, and safeguards against loss or injury of a spouse.”

He said he worked collaboratively with the Legislature to enact the law and that they hope it inspires others “to remove the vestiges of inequality and injustice.”