October Marriage Equality Program Materials

What Passage of the Marriage Equality Law Will Mean for Same-Sex Couples in New York: A Multidisciplinary Forum

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 6:00 pm-8:00 pm



Event Materials

Event Outline and Speaker Talking Points

Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

Marriage Equality Act

Marriage Equality Act – Religious Exemption Provision

Highlights of the Impact of the Marriage Equality Act on Employee Health and Qualified Retirement Benefits – Prepared by Carrie L. Mitnick

Impact of the Marriage Equality Act on Estate and Gift Taxation – Prepared by Paul A. Ferrara

Residency and Jurisdictional Barriers to Same-Sex Divorce in New York – Provided by Alan Drexel

Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples in New York: Frequently Asked Questions – Prepared by Lambda Legal

NYS Marriage Equality Act: Frequently Asked Questions for LGBT Couples and Families with Low or No Income – Prepared by Lambda Legal

Recognition of Same-Sex Couples Worldwide and Recognition of Same-Sex Couples in the United States – Prepared by Lambda Legal


Moderator: SUSAN L. BENDER, Bender Rosenthal Isaacs & Richter LLP

Speakers: ALLEN A. DREXEL, Drexel Grande LLC; PAUL A. FERRARA, Alston & Bird LLP; AMY F. MELICAN, Proskauer Rose LLP; REBECCA L. MENDEL, Rosin Steinhagen Mendel; CARRIE L. MITNICK, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP; JESSICA PALUMBO, Solo Practitioner; ALAN S. RACHLIN, New York State Insurance Department; SUSAN SOMMER, Lambda Legal; DAVID J. STOLL, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP

Sponsored by: Committee on Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Matthew Eilenberg, Chair; Committee on Estate & Gift Taxation, Brit Geiger, Chair; Committee on Family Court & Family Law, Rebecca Mendel, Chair; Committee on Health Law, Ron Lebow, Chair; Committee on Immigration & Nationality Law, Mark Von Sternberg, Chair; Committee on Labor & Employment Law, Katharine Parker, Chair; Committee on Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender Rights, Jordan Backman, Chair; Committee on Matrimonial Law, Michael Mosberg, Chair; Committee on State & Local Taxation, Debra Herman, Chair; Committee on Trusts, Estates & Surrogate's Courts, Sharon Klein, Chair

Co-Sponsored by: Committee on Civil Rights, Brian Kreiswirth, Chair; Committee on Sex & Law, Pamela Zimmerman, Chair