New York Appellate Court Holds It Can Annul Civil Unions Even Though New York Doesn’t Recognize Them

New York, like Florida, does not recognize gay marriage or civil unions.

But what about annulments of them?

Gay couple (Couple) enter a civil union in Vermont.

Couple break up.

Couple file for annulment in New York state.

New York trial court dismisses the case on the ground that, since New York doesn’t recognize same sex marriages or the equivalent, its courts can’t address them.

Couple appeal.

An intermediate level appeals court reverses the trial court, holding that New York courts may annul out-of-state marriages or civil unions.

Read more in this Albany Chronicle news article: Court says NY has power to annul VT civil union.