[JURIST] The New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department [official website] on Thursday upheld [opinion, PDF] a lower court decision [JURIST report] allowing the surviving spouse of a same-sex marriage to inherit the deceased spouse’s estate. Kenneth Ranftle and Craig Leiby were married legally in Canada in 2008 after more than 20 years together. Ranftle died a few months later in New York, leaving most of his multi-million dollar estate to Leiby. Ranftle’s brother challenged the validity of…