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Legal Case Questions Right of Out-of-State Civil Union

by Amanda Luker

June 24, 2004 – A New York appeals court is considering whether to recognize the gay civil union of a Long Island man who wishes to sue a Manhattan hospital for malpractice in the death of his partner. A Long Island judge's previous ruling stated that John Langan could sue St. Vincent's Hospital in the death of Neal Conrad Spicehandler who was hit by a car in Manhattan. The hospital appealed, questioning whether the couple's 2000 civil union in Vermont gave Langan the legal right to sue for malpractice in New York.

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Some gay rights advocates say this ruling could set a precedent for legal recognition of same-sex marriages preformed in certain states and other countries like Canada or Belgium.

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Amanda Luker is a contributing journalist.

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