New York’s recently passed legislation allowing homosexual couples to legally marry goes into effect on Sunday, July 24. Thousands of same-sex couples are planning ceremonies to marry, but those that are residents of other states may find the benefits guaranteed to their friends in New York will not be recognized by the state where they reside.

If a homosexual couple living in nearby states such as New Jersey venture to New York state to marry, they will soon discover New Jersey will not recognize their marriage as a legal union.

New York is the sixth state to recognize same-sex marriage but it is still illegal in 29 other states.

Regardless of the legality of the marriage in any state, same-sex couples will not be able to take advantage of federal benefits such as Social Security death benefits or file income taxes jointly. Federal law still does not recognize homosexual marriages since the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was signed into law by President Clinton in 1996, stating that marriage is between a man and a woman.

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