Squadron Offers LGBT Resource Page

State Senator Daniel Squadron, who was an enthusiastic supporter of the successful effort to bring marriage equality to New York, is concerned about legal and bureaucratic problems that remain for LGBT couples, and has created a resource page to assist in identifying and dealing with such problems.

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  • sandy

    That is a good thing and noone in the district would oppose it.. So it is a win for him. It would have been better is he had shown leadership and courage if he had not caved to the Mayor on the Brooklyn Bridge Park Deal’

  • RemsenGal

    All other political commentary aside, this is a lovely thing to do for a newlywed. When I got married, my mom bought me a “Name Change Kit” that listed every place where you need to change your last name, forms to fill out, form letters to send to your bank, what to bring to the Social Security office and so forth. It’s a hassle, and perhaps a bit old fashioned, but truly a great way to feel like a real family. Congrats to all the LGBT folks who are just starting down this path together!

  • Gerry

    Are same sex couples sharing a last names?

    i had heard at City Hall there is a blank for “bride” and another for “groom” on the application for a marriage license how is that handled by same sex couples?

    Is there a step that same-sex couples must take like a legal name change that hetrosexual women do not when they take their husbands name?

  • RemsenGal

    @Gerry – I believe those forms have since been modified. And regarding last names, I think it’s a popular move for married LGBT couples to combine, hyphenate, or take each others’ last names. Years ago, when Portia DeRossi and Ellen DeGeneres married, Portia took DeGeneres for her last name on a personal level (changed credit cards, Social Security cards, etc) but remains Portia DeRossi in the IMDB and with SAG and most other professional things.

  • Gerry


    Thank you for the information. The marriage license form remains the same a blank for bride and another for groom.

    Are these hyphenated names legal?

    I remember the 1970s it was a trend to hyphenate names but I think that only one legal name can be. I know a couple in massachusetts who were not allowed to hyphentate their names for their son on his birth certificate they had to select one and it was the fathers name.