NY’s top court refuses to hear case challenging gay marriage law

The New York Court of Appeals, which is New York’s version of the state supreme court, threw out a challenge to the state’s law permitting gay couples to marry (specifically, they refused to take the bad guys’ appeal, so it’s over).

Apparently this is a big deal.  And I don’t mean that I don’t think winning a gay marriage case is a big deal, but rather that the quote from Governor Cuomo is rather superlative.

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for a while.”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,” Gov. Cuomo, who pushed for passage of the law last year, said in a statement. “The freedom to marry in this State is secure for generations to come.”

It’s not really guaranteed for generations to come. The Congress could attempt to pass Mitt Romney’s Federal Marriage Amendment, codifying anti-gay bigotry in the US Constitution and wreaking havoc with our civil rights, even in the private sector.

Or, some other bigot could take up a case trying to get the law overturned.  You can always file a suit against a law.  I’ll wait for some of the locals to weigh in, but I suspect this was the best chance the bad guys had at a case against the law, and they lost, so that would mean the law is in good stead.


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  • ronbo

    So…. Can I plan my marriage…travel to NY….and get married?  Or is it only open to legal residents of NY?  Will the marriage be recognized by hospitals in MO?  Will the federal government recognize the marriage?  Is a single one of the over 1000 benefits of marriage actually provided?

    No.

    It’s a piece of paper that is just a tich more real than 30 years of physical, moral and spiritual marriage (which is what I have).

    Yes, it’s a victory.  But lets not stop until we have actual equality.  The fellows in the Alamo didn’t pop open the champaign after they first locked the door.  We’ve lost for so very long, it’s time we have a real victory.  Something that is more than just as piece of paper.

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