Cuomo’s Marriage Carveout

The memo accompanying Cuomo’s same-sex marriage legislation has some important protections for religious groups and benevolent organizations:

Beyond the freedom that clergy will retain over marriage decisions, the bill also ensures that beyond statutory protections for religious organizations found in the New York Human Rights law remains intact, including guaranteeing that religious institutions remain free to choose who may use their facilities and halls for marriage ceremonies and celebrations, to whom they rent their housing accommodations, or to whom they provide religious services, consistent with their religious principles. Further, the bill contains language to ensure that benevolent organizations, like the Knights of Columbus, remain exempt from New York prohibitions against discrimination in public accommodations, and are not to be required to rent social halls to weddings of same-sex or other couples it chooses not to accommodate.

 

Cuomo’s Marriage Carveout