Gay Marriage Opponents Sue to Overturn Law
Monday, July 25, 2011
Same-sex marriage opponents are suing to overturn the law in New York a day after gay weddings began in the state.
The suit, filed by the evangelical Christian lobby group New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, charges that the vote on June 24 was conducted in an "out of control political process."
It claims the state Senate held private meetings that violate the state's Open Meetings Law, bent Senate rules to prevent opponents and some supporters from speaking out during debate and locked the Senate chamber during the vote, according to the group's Reverend Jason McGuire.
"It was not open and deliberative," McGuire said. "We are concerned about that."
The suit also alleges that Senators who switched their vote to a 'yes' for same-sex marriage received a promise of campaign donations from wealthy Wall Street financiers.
A spokesman for Governor Andrew Cuomo says the lawsuit is "without merit."
The state's adoption of same-sex marriage was considered a pivotal moment in the national gay rights movement. New York joined Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, along with Washington, D.C., when it voted last month to legalize gay marriage.
Opponents of the law had promised suits when the bill was being discussed in Albany in June.
With the Associated Press