New York Marriage Equality Survives Weird Legal Challenge

2632141304_68d62da931On Friday, New Yorkers For Constitutional Freedoms — whose name is not, as far as I know, a conscious attempt at irony — lost their challenge to New York's marriage equality law on Friday.

HuffPo explains the nature of NYCF's complaint :

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms said Cuomo and another gay marriage supporter, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, met behind closed doors with the Senate's Republican majority in violation of the open meeting law.

… New York's open meeting law requires public access to the deliberations of legislative bodies, but [Attorney General Eric] Schneiderman argued that the Republican caucus with invited guests was exempt, even if the guests aren't in the same party. In a 5-0 ruling, the court agreed.

Anti-marriage New Yorkers were famously shocked and appalled at having been out-maneuvered by pro-marriage Democrats and their allies last summer, in the run-up to the marriage vote. (New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan openly complained that his own back-room dealings with state politicians hadn't trumped the opposition's similar back-room dealings.) NYCF's complaint was the final manifestation of that frustration, and if NYCF had won, it would have essentially meant that no Democratic and Republican lawmakers could ever again chat about issues of import without the whole world watching.  The Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court realized such strictures wouldn't be especially conducive to smart governance. From HuffPo:

"In the event that we were to adopt plaintiffs' limited definition of `guests,' it would be impossible for a Democratic member of a governor's office, such as a budget director, to speak to a majority Republican caucus," according to the [Appellate court's] decision.


  1. says

    More and more these fools are appearing increasingly insane.

    We get it, though – if they can no longer scream about gay marriage they’ll be forced to actually talk about fiscal policy and the last thing the GOP wants to have to do is actually talk to its base about its fiscal policies.

    “So, y’know how we been talking bout them gays you hate for so long? well, sorry to break it to ya, but we’ve also been making you poor while we did it. oh well. patriotism! little american flags for everyone!”

  2. Malaysian Ho says

    call these two from New Yorkers for Constitutional freedom and share their griefs

    1 Rev. Jason J. McGuire Executive Director 585.225.2340
    2 Rev. Duane R. Motley Senior Lobbyist 585.225.2340

    we just heard news, me so saddd .

  3. ThomT says

    They knew the would lose but they wanted the free publicity for their “case” as well as being able to whine about activist judges and unfair treatment.

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