"Marriage" for same-sex couples is now legal in New York -- a
ruling one attorney says is final.
Counsel filed suit after the Senate took the vote and Gov.
Andrew Cuomo (D) signed the bill (see earlier story). Founder Mat Staver tells
OneNewsNow the problem is that the vote was taken after closed-door
meetings and arm-twisting.
"It is contrary to the state law. It's contrary to the
Constitution, which requires open meetings and transparency," the
"But this legislature, along with the mayor of New York and the
governor of New York, locked out the people, shut off the
opportunity for people to speak because they wanted to ramrod this
same-sex marriage law through the legislative process before anyone
had an opportunity to present their view."
The initial court ruled the law and state constitution had been
violated, but two appeals courts overturned that, making homosexual
marriage legal in The Empire Statel.
"I believe that the end of the line has come here, not because
the law's not on our side, but because of a political agenda,"
"It's unfortunate. Now New York has same-sex marriage, and I
think what you're going to see is a continuing clash between
same-sex marriage and religious freedom and other kinds of views
that are contrary to same-sex marriage or same-sex unions."
The issue of same-gender marriage is on the ballot in four
states on November 6 -- Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington