Court says NY has power to annul civil unions

(AP) - Gays and lesbians can't get married in NewYork, but they can get an annulment.

A midlevel state appeals court has ruled that even though NewYork doesn't have a civil union law, its courts do have the powerto annul a same-sex union made in another state.

The case involved two Schenectady County women who entered intoa civil union in Vermont in 2003, but separated three years later.

One went to Vermont to get the union annulled, but was told sheneeded to live there a year before she could apply.

The woman then asked a Schenectady court for an annulment, butthe judge denied it.

The civil rights group Lambda Legal said the AppellateDivision's decision Thursday to overturn that ruling will allowbroken-up couples to move on with their lives.

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