New York Legislators Cannibalizing Their Own Wedding Industry

“‘Democrats Reach Pact to Lead the Senate’ (news article, Jan. 7) notes that a bill to ‘legalize marriage of gay men and lesbians’ doesn’t have the votes to pass the New York State Senate. But same-sex marriages have been legally recognized here, under the principle of comity, since they started being performed elsewhere – first in the Netherlands in 2001, then in Canada and Massachusetts, and now in Connecticut. By failing to pass the marriage equality bill, which has been passed by the Assembly, the Senate is driving wedding business out of New York, hurting New York’s crumbling economy without stopping gay New Yorkers from assuming the rights and responsibilities of marriage.” —New York Times letter writer