Every 10 years, the federal government conducts an in-depth review of the composition of its current residents. In the past, it did not include any specific questions directed toward gathering more information for same-sex families. However, the upcoming census will have questions that may provide New York and all other states with more detailed information regarding the numbers and needs of same-sex households.
Like many of New York's same-sex couples, you may not be interested in marriage. You and your partner may not feel you need a piece of paper to be a family. However, you may not feel that your family is complete without a child or two. The two of you may decide to adopt, but you may also decide that one of you will serve as the biological parent of your child.
It is estimated that less than half of all adults have documents in place that state how their heirs will be provided for after their demise. For those with minor children, only around 35 percent have undertaken estate planning. Unfortunately, without these vital documents in place, the state will determine how New York residents' assets and property will be disbursed after they have died.
The U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2015 that recognized marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples did not address every family law issue. Recently, the Supreme Court in another state has followed similar rulings in New York that have affirmed the parental rights of same-sex residents. The most recent case addressed the questionable rights of anonymous sperm donors.
A handful of lawmakers worked to propose changes to one visa program that is continually up for elimination. The proposed changes were offered in an effort to reduce the numbers of EB-5 fraud allegations while helping to bring stability to the program. There have been many New York projects that have been completed based on investors who have benefited from this visa.