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New York's Highest Court Rejects Evangelical Group's Challenge to State's Marriage Equality Law

The NY Daily News reports:

CuomoNew York's top court today refused to hear an appeal challenging the state's gay marriage law. Without explanation, the Court of Appeals denied a request to appeal by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, an evangelical group.


The group argued that the Senate Republican majority violated the state open meetings law by meeting behind closed doors, including with Mayor Bloomberg, to discuss the issue.

A state appellate court in July unanimously reversed a lower court ruling and dismissed the case. Because the decision was unanimous, New Yorkers For Constitutional Freedoms needed permission from the state's top court to continue its appeal, a request that was denied today.

Governor Andrew Cuomo hailed the decision:

Today, the New York State Court of Appeals, the highest court in the State, denied leave to appeal the validity of the Marriage Equality Act, which affords same-sex couples in this State the right to marry. New York State has served as a beacon for progressive ideals and this statute is a clear reminder of what this State stands for: equality and justice for all. With the Court’s decision, same-sex couples no longer have to worry that their right to marry could be legally challenged in this State. The freedom to marry in this State is secure for generations to come.

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  1. Funny that they call themselves "New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms" when they fight for the exact opposite...

    Anyway, this is good news for NY :)

    Posted by: Lucas H | Oct 23, 2012 2:40:51 PM

  2. Poor thing, I just called New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms to share my condolences. 585-225-2340

    Posted by: Malaysian Ho | Oct 23, 2012 3:02:30 PM

  3. Also please call for a donation of zero dollar and/or a brick [with prepaid envelope request].

    Posted by: Malaysian Ho | Oct 23, 2012 3:08:52 PM

  4. FINALLY a state stands up to the religious nutcases ! It's only taken 200 years !

    Maybe now one of the other states will find the balls to do the same thing ?

    These religions PAY NO TAXES. That means they choose not to contribute to society - preferring to be greedy and hold on to their money for themselves. If they don't pay taxes then they should not be allowed to interfere with laws. It's their choice.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Oct 23, 2012 3:34:09 PM

  5. They never had a chance. The public meetings law isn't for legislative negotiations but for hearings and putting facts into the public record.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 23, 2012 3:40:25 PM

  6. Suck it, NOM!

    Posted by: Keppler | Oct 23, 2012 3:45:40 PM

  7. Cuomo 2016.

    Posted by: ChrisQ | Oct 23, 2012 4:44:06 PM

  8. As Suze Orman says:


    Posted by: johnny | Oct 23, 2012 5:10:54 PM

  9. Thank God for justice from on high.

    Posted by: Rick | Oct 24, 2012 12:42:59 PM

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