A NY State Supreme Court judge has ruled that gay and lesbian couples must have equal access to marriage. Lambda Legal, which had filed the lawsuit on behalf of gay and lesbian couples, has a PDF of the decision, and the AP reports about the ruling:

State Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan ruled that the words "husband," "wife," "groom" and "bride" in relevant sections of the Domestic Relations Law "shall be construed to mean 'spouse,' and all personal pronouns ... shall be construed to apply equally to either men or women."

But the Village Voice warns that the law won't go into effect for 30 days, and that the city could appeal. Gothamist suggests that the city carefully consider the benefits of offering gay marriage - think of the boon to the economy!