Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the creator of Micropolis, WNYC’s multi-platform series examining race, sexuality, religion, street life and other issues that define New York City. He has been with the station since 2005, and has covered a wide range of stories, including the death of Sean Bell, the controversy over the Park 51 mosque and community center and Occupy Wall Street .
Court Recognizes Out of State Same Sex Marriages
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
New York, NY –
A New York State court is supporting Gov. David Paterson's directive to recognize out of state same sex marriages. A judge has tossed out a legal challenge to the policy. Susan Sommer is an attorney with Lambda Legal, which represented a same sex couple who got married.
SOMMER: I'm hopeful that this case can put to rest - at least at this level - these ongoing attacks by this small faction that just can't tolerate the idea that long term committed same sex couples should be treated with fairness in New York.
REPORTER: Sommer says the couple she was defending adopted a child with special needs. The legal victory means they can take advantage of each other's health insurance.