NY Retirement System Recognizes Canadian Marriages
by Beth Shapiro
New York Bureau
(New York City) New York state employees who married their same-sex partners in Canada will have those marriages treated by the New York State and Local Retirement System in the same way as heterosexual marriages. It is the first time that married gay and lesbian couples in New York have been recognized by a state agency.
The decision was made by New York State Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi, whose office has jurisdiction over the retirement system. It was communicated in a letter dated October 8, and made public today, from the Comptroller to Mark Daigneault, a state employee who wrote in September asking how getting married in Canada would affect retirement benefits for him, his same-sex partner and their two children.
Christian group sues Penn State over selection of officers
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. An evangelical Christian student group is suing Penn State University and university president Graham Spanier.
The group, called DiscipleMakers, says the school's policies could force the group to accept non-Christian or homosexual students into leadership positions.
The group's lawyer says university policy requires that all student groups agree to abide by the school's nondiscrimination policy, which includes religion and sexual orientation.