A New York court has the power to decide whether a civil union entered into outside the state should be dissolved, an Albany appeals panel ruled Thursday.

Citing the state’s “clear commitment to respect, uphold and protect parties to same-sex relationships,” a five-judge panel of the Appellate Division, 3rd Department, reversed a lower court that had dismissed for lack of jurisdiction a complaint by a woman seeking to end the civil union she entered into with her former partner in Vermont.

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