A Match Made in Albany: The Uneasy Wedding of Marriage Equality and Religious Liberty

Frank Gulino, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University


With passage of the Marriage Equality Act, New York became the sixth state in the nation to allow same-sex partners to marry and only the third state to do so through legislation. Passage of the bill permitting same-sex marriage in New York was neither easy nor inevitable. In this article, Professor Frank Gulino discusses the religious exemptions included in the Act to ensure its passage and the dissatisfaction with those exemptions on both sides of the gay marriage debate.