Court win for gay marriage
Same-sex marriage in New York has withstood a legal challenge brought by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedom.
The New York state Supreme Court Appellate Division's Fourth Judicial Department ruled in favor of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who was defending same-sex marriage on behalf of the state Senate and the state Department of Health.
The challenge to the law was brought in November, on the basis that the Senate violated the Open Meetings Law with the manner in which it passed the same-sex marriage legislation. The court has decided, in a ruling available below, that the Senate did not violate the Open Meetings Law.
In a statement, Gov. Andrew Cuomo touted the court's decision, which he said, "guarantees marriage equality for all."
"And with this decision New York continues to stand as a progressive leader for the nation," he added.
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