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Opponents of same-sex marriage file suit to overturn NY marriage equality law

Monday, July 25, 2011

LIVINGSTON COUNTY, N.Y. — A so-called christian family values group has filed a legal challenge seeking to overturn New York’s same-sex marriage law less than twenty four hours after it took effect yesterday.

The group — New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, led by Reverend Jason J. McGuire — claimed in the court documents filed this morning in McGuire’s home county of Livingston, N.Y, that the state Senate, in adopting the legislation, violated the state’s Open Meetings Law by closing off capitol hallways and lobby leading to that body’s chamber; and by holding closed door meetings with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others who supported the legislation.

The suit also claims that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, (D) in collusion with Senate ignored the state’s constitutionally mandated three-day waiting period before a bill can be acted upon. The suit also alleges that state lawmakers approved the legislation in exchange for campaign contributions from Mayor Bloomberg and other high profile Republican backed “Wall Street financiers.”

In a statement released to media representatives McGuire said:

“It is unfortunate that state senators chose to protect their personal interests, rather than the people they were elected to represent. Some of the players may have changed, but it looks like same old Albany game.

It is time the curtain be pulled back and the disinfecting light of good government shine upon the Cuomo Administration and our State Legislature.”

The office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman declined immediate comment as did the Senate’s spokesman, Scott Reif.

The spokesman for Governor Cuomo, Josh Vlasto, ridiculed the lawsuit calling it baseless:

“The plaintiffs lack a basic understanding of the laws of the state of New York. The suit is without merit.”

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47 more reader comments:

  1. a dislike button is in order for this post…

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 1:30pm
  2. lol good luck with that one lol

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 1:31pm
  3. fools

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 1:31pm
  4. …get rid of those gnats!… EQUALITY FOR ALL will soon be a REALITY!!!…

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 1:33pm
  5. had to come I guess…good luck with that! :)

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 1:33pm
  6. All I have to say to tht is lick my bi tits bitches. Gay marriage is here to stay!!!

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 1:34pm
  7. If they are against gay marriage then dont marry someone of the same sex! duh plain and simple dumbasses

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 1:35pm
  8. Live and let live..NY should file a lawsuit against opposite sex marriages

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 1:37pm
  9. I wish religion would get their nose out of our government! Time to tax those who get involved!

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 1:37pm
  10. I seriously can’t believe that in such a great and modern state as the USA some stupid people still have nothing better to do than fighting against such a peaceful thing as LOVE! Hey you oldschool republicans, there is war, starving and terror out in the world…what about putting your power and money in that issues??? I’m so unbelievable tired of these sickening kindergarden games! Move on to the present time…2011!!!

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 1:39pm
  11. Just freaking deal with it already.

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 1:39pm
  12. here they go reaching again, it will likely be thrown out of court!

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 1:41pm
  13. Go ahead and try you pieces of shit, you can’t change whats going on. And BTW KEEP YOUR NOSES OUT OF OTHERS PEOPLE LIVES THAT DON’T HAVE ANY AFFECT ON YOU!!! t(**).
    *Megs*

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 1:44pm
  14. And also, when you look at that psycho in Norway. His beliefs are the very same as Republicans here…..think about it.
    *Megs*

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 1:45pm
  15. as*faces, they need to realize that u cant tell people who to love

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 1:57pm
  16. Why is it…that jus because ppl believe in “god” or the bible should their way of life be the “right” way? They chose to follow that path..why should everyone else have to live that way also? I thought WE had rights in this country?…Guess not!!

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 1:58pm
  17. I’m sick of all these religious freaks pushing their bible shit on everything and everyone. Keep your twisted, fucked up interpretation of the bible to yourself. Nobody cares what you think.

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 2:04pm
  18. The killer thing about all this is how, really, this is not affecting these miserable breeders in any way.

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 2:05pm
  19. Well, of COURSE they’re not going to admit they lost|!! They don’t look at it that way at all…they must rise and save us from ourselves, we don’t know any better!!! I was at the Halifax Pride parade on Saturday, truly wonderful to see people holding hands with the one they loved, and just having a DAMNED GOOD TIME!

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 2:21pm
  20. Let’s make a lawsuit against divorce. Its against the bible, so why not. If you divorce you go to jail. Sounds fair to me.

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 2:23pm
  21. Kill them with kindness friends. When we stoop to name calling and bashing we are no better than them. They’re simply frightened by this dramatic ripple in the “norm”, in a few short years we’ve achieved so much. Thousands of years of ignorance and misguided hearts are slowly being taught a different way and for everyone change is scary, no matter how big or small the change may be. We are on a road to better times, for today and future LGBT but we cannot allow the ignorance of others to cloud our hearts.

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 2:30pm
  22. Bahahahahaha!!the divorce law is an excellent idea!! I hadn’t thot of that!

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 2:30pm
  23. LOL amazing how those idiots can use the Bible and twist its words to suit their purpose….if Jesus died to save that lot, he made a pretty poor job of it!

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 2:31pm
  24. LOL, good luck with this one…

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 2:38pm
  25. Don’t these people have better things to do?

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 2:57pm
  26. How ironic the group’s name refers to Constitutional freedoms… yet that is exactly what they are trying to take away from the married couples in New York. There are SO many more issues in that state, and this country, that could be attended to, than gay marriage. I really don’t understand why they care so much.

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 3:51pm
  27. church =/= state

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 9:46pm
  28. What.. that’s major bs.

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 9:47pm
  29. ughh this is rediculous. fuckin bibleheads

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 9:47pm
  30. Well, the constitutional freedom is equality, isn’t it?

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 9:48pm
  31. “New Yorkers For Constitutional Freedoms” – um, aren’t they kinda promoting the opposite?

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 9:50pm
  32. Bible thunping nut cases. Maybe they should file suit against the divorce laws..or wasn’t that mentioned in scripture? Duhh.. n da beat goes onnnn….

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 9:53pm
  33. Won’t work, they don’t have legal standing. This suit will be thrown out.

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 9:54pm
  34. Hah, you knew that was coming! It won’t work.

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 9:55pm
  35. Good luck with that is what I say!

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 9:56pm
  36. Geez, let everyone live and be happy, and leave it be. Don’t like gay marriage, don’t get one!

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 9:59pm
  37. They will end up embarrass themselves and look like closet minded bigoted fools. =P

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 10:09pm
  38. Let them make a fool out of themselves. They are afraid of what they don’t understand, even if they claim that they understand.

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 10:24pm
  39. …They DON’T stand a chance!… the Wall Street Journal (a MUST-READ) explained, in extremely concise and understandable language, WHY they LEGALLY CAN NOT EVEN COME CLOSE TO OVERTURNING OUR VICTORY – their lame and hateful attempts will be unsuccessful!!!

    Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 10:26pm
  40. tree Iqs

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 2:22am
  41. I have to say this in regards to marriage equality! Ok, SO in the Constitution of the United States. attributed to Thomas Jefferson, it states that: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ….” AND “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

    –Separation of Church and State–

    If the government made an exception for christian “Marriage Sanctity”, it would also violate the 2nd part of the first clause: “Prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. If the government can make exceptions for Christianity, what about Muslims, What About Jews, What about all the others? Why can’t they get “Exceptions” to the laws and rules. Does that make any other religion in America less Important or better than others?

    So Making any argument that Marriage should only be between a man and a woman because “God” says so or the “Bible” says so is Unconstitutional and invalid. The right to Liberty, Freedom, and The Pursuit of Happiness is a basic American Right. That includes the Right to Be Happy, Be In Love, And Be With Whomever An Individual Wishes which is a basic Human Right. NEXT!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 7:01am
  42. don’t you love it. the state lawmakers received campaign contributions…OMG, are these people such idiots or what. This is an equal rights issue, not a religious issue, stay out of it. Also, how can a religious organization file a lawsuit against a law that has nothing to do with them. Take your tax free ass and go away.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 8:52am
  43. Don’t they have something more christian to spend their money and efforts on like the homeless, or sick elderly, etc…… It just truly baffles me how stupid people can be. And I say stupid because ignorance is not knowing the facts, whereas stupidity is having the facts in front of you and refusing to accept them. (Ie. the fact that trying to ban gay marriage is unconstitutional)

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 9:32am
  44. This just makes me laugh. Isn’t every religion supposed to be about ‘love?’ ‘Love’ is not trying to tell your fellow human being (or ‘neighbor,’ as the Christian religion says) that they don’t deserve the same rights as you. The ‘god’ I pray to? Is a loving and accepting god–not one to ‘fear.’ Religion is synonymous with segregation. There is no ‘us and them,’ in my opinion. ‘We are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively,’ as Bill Hicks said. Love is all there is, but too many people like to keep the game of illusion alive. Check out ‘The Way of Waking Up’ by Alan Watts on YouTube, those of you who feel like it. Great vid.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 9:22am
  45. People and/or organizations who ‘hate’ in any way, shape, or form? They need love the most.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 9:48am
  46. nice message it is straight to the point. I believe that Love itself doesn’t discriminate its is people who do and that is something that needs to change to better our lives and the children of the future. As long as two consenting adults are responsible and have respect for each other and other people as well

    Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 8:12pm
  47. Exactly.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 10:09pm