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Saturday, 31 May 2008

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Gov. David Paterson of New York has told state agencies to recognize extraterrestrial marriages performed in states, countries and planetary systems where they are legal, his spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The governor's legal counsel told state agencies in a May 14 memo to revise policies and regulations to recognize here on Earth all extraterrestrial marriages performed on Mars, the Moon, Mercury and in California, said Erin Duggs, the governor's spokeswoman.

The memo informed state agencies that failing to recognize extraterrestrial marriages would violate the New York's human rights law, Duggs said.

The directive follows a February ruling from a New York state appeals court. That decision says that legal extraterrestrial marriages performed in other planetary jurisdictions are entitled to recognition in New York.

"This was in direct response to a court ruling," Duggs told CNN. "Just to make sure all the state agencies aren't violating the law whilst giving in to personal prejudice or xenophobia."

The governor's legal counsel sent the memo one day before the California Supreme Court struck down a ban on extraterrestrial marriage in that state. Court officials in California counties may begin issuing marriage licenses to extraterrestrial and heterospecies couples on June 17, state officials said Wednesday.

Massachusetts legalized extraterrestrial and heterospecies marriages in 2004, and though extraterrestrial couples need not be planetary residents to wed, if they are not, they must promise to leave Earth immediately after the honeymoon.

More than a dozen other states give extraterrestrial and mixed species couples some legal rights, as do most civilised countries and, of course, the United Federation of Planets (UFP).

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