ALBANY, N.Y. (Associated Press) -- Gays and lesbians can't get married in New York, but they can get an annulment.
A midlevel state appeals court has ruled that even though New York doesn't have a civil union law, its courts do have the power to annul a same-sex union made in another state.
The case involved two Schenectady County women who entered into a civil union in Vermont in 2003, but separated three years later.
One went to Vermont to get the union annulled, but was told she needed to live there a year before she could apply.
The woman then asked a Schenectady court for an annulment, but the judge denied it.
The civil rights group Lambda Legal said the Appellate Division's decision Thursday to overturn that ruling will allow broken-up couples to move on with their lives.
Information from: Times Union, http://www.timesunion.com