On May 4, 2010, the New York Court of Appeals ruled in two separate cases that a lesbian could assert her parental rights over the biological child of her partner and that a lesbian could legally seek child support from a former partner. The court issued the rulings five months after legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in the state failed to garner approval in the New York Senate. Four years earlier, in July 2006, the same court had decided that the state was not compelled to recognize same-sex marriage. In May 2008, Governor David Patterson instructed state agencies to recognize same-sex marriages, and the state legislature passed the Marriage Equality Act in June 2011 with Andrew Cuomo as governor.
Read an overview of Same-Sex Marriage in Features.