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New York same-sex marriage law upheld in state appeals court

Friday, July 6, 2012

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A New York state appeals court on Friday ruled against a challenge to the state’s marriage equality law, and ruled that the statute was legally enacted.

The New York state Senate “did not violate the Open Meetings Law” and “marriages performed thereunder are not invalid,” the court ruled, reported the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms had sued New York state last year, alleging that the Senate had violated the Open Meetings Law when it held marathon, closed-door conferences discussing the bill in the days leading up to its passage in June 2011.

The state Appellate Court in Rochester sided against a lower court in Livingston County, declaring that the conferences were held in accordance with the law and deciding in favor of the state’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

“The court’s decision affirms that in our state, there is marriage equality for all, and with this decision New York continues to stand as a progressive leader for the nation,” say Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a statement following the ruling.

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is a lobbying group founded in 1982 to promote religious liberties and moral values, according to its website.

It sued the state Senate the month after the bill was signed into law.

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8 more reader comments:

  1. yes!

    Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 2:09pm
  2. Am I “first” ?

    Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 2:09pm
  3. Now… if we can just get John Boehner to take a rocket into the Sun so that DOMA can be shot down.

    Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 2:10pm
  4. DOMA must be the next federal piece of legislation to get repealed!

    Once this law is repealed. People can legally get married in any state, and the state they actually live in – has to recognize it as a marriage. This is crucial to the marriage equality fight!

    Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 2:19pm
  5. Yes my hometown a leader in civil rights.

    Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 2:19pm
  6. Didn’t the US Supreme Court rule that the government can’t infringe upon our personal liberties based on religious or moral values a long time ago? Oh yeah, they know that. That explains this pathetic attempt to get the ruling overturned on a technicality. Legal temper tantrums. What a joke.

    Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 2:24pm
  7. And this is why we are COMING TO NYC in October to marry….lol

    Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 2:27pm
  8. Awesome, I’m from roch, ny

    Posted on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 4:21pm