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Marriage in New York? June 2, 2006

Posted by newsfittopost in legal, lgbt Issues, marriage equality.

New York's Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, heard oral arguments in a case filed by 44 same-sex couples seeking the right to marry. Many have big hopes for the case and believe it could be the next Goodridge, the Massachusetts Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage equality in the state.

Lambda Legal, which filed the main lawsuit in the case, is arguing that denying same-sex couples marriage rights violates New York's constitutional equal rights and liberty guarantees. It would seem to be a solid argument – denying one group a right while giving it to another – but it has meet with mixed success in the courts. Many judges claim gays and lesbians are given equal rights in the sense that they are able to marry someone of the opposite sex just like heterosexual couples. It seems absurd, but it is heard over and over.

There has been a lot of excitement here in New York City over the last few days. It is likely that the court will consider the case for at least a month (and probably longer), but an announcement in June could make it an especially celebratory pride season.

Keep the fingers crossed for New York being the next Massachusetts.

Watch the webcast of the oral arguments on the New York Court of Appeals site.


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