The New York Marriage Equality Act gives same-sex couples the right to marry (NY Dom. Rel. Law Sec. 10-a). Under the Act, a marriage that is otherwise valid is legally recognized regardless of whether the parties to the marriage are of the same or different sex. The same rights, benefits, privileges, protections, and responsibilities under state law apply to married same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples.
Exception. It is not a violation of the Act for a religious organization or a nonprofit organization operated, supervised, or controlled by a religious organization to limit employment or give preference to persons of the same religion in order to promote the religious principles of the organization.
In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all states and requiring all states to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other jurisdictions (Obergefell v. Hodges, 135 S.Ct. 2584 (2015)).