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4th-Feb-2005 03:58 pm

New York state court rules in favour of same-sex marriage
1 hour, 59 minutes ago

NEW YORK (AFP) - A New York state court ruled same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, a decision hailed by gay rights groups as a major victory.

Justice Doris Ling-Cohan said preventing gay and lesbian couples from receiving marriage licenses violated basic freedoms guaranteed in the state constitution.

Ling-Cohan was ruling on a lawsuit filed by the gay advocacy group Lambda Legal on behalf of five same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses in New York state.

"That prejudice against gay people may still prevail elsewhere cannot be a legitimate justification for maintaining it in the marriage laws of this state," Ling-Cohan said in her written decision.

While recognising that the ruling may cause "pain" to those whose religious convictions forbid recognition of same-sex marriage, the judge argued that granting same-sex couples the right to marry should not impact on those married under the tenets of their individual faith.

"Moreover, such religious considerations cannot legally be the basis upon which to curtail the constitutional rights of plaintiffs," she added.

Ling-Cohan's order was stayed by 30 days, pending appeal by the New York City authorities, the defendants in the case.

"We are reviewing the decision thoroughly and considering our options," said city attorney Michael Cardozo.

"This is a historic ruling that delivers the state constitution's promise of equality to all New Yorkers," said Susan Sommer, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs.

"The court recognised that unless gay people can marry, they are not being treated equally under the law," Sommer said. "Same-sex couples need the protections and security marriage provides, and this ruling says they're entitled to get them the same way straight couples do."

Massachusetts is currently the only US state to recognise gay marriages.

Conservative groups have backed moves to pass both state and federal constitutional amendments effectively banning gay marriage, although a federal amendment failed to pass muster in the US Congress earlier this year.
4th-Feb-2005 05:58 pm (UTC)
w00t w00t!! *throws confetti*
4th-Feb-2005 05:59 pm (UTC)

I mean uhh... DAMN LIBERAL HIPPIE ACTIVIST JUDGES! </right-wing dumbass>
4th-Feb-2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
Mmmmm, cake.
4th-Feb-2005 06:05 pm (UTC)
Without pie, there is only chaos.
4th-Feb-2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to post my Rangers logo and see what kind of reaction I'd get. I like pie, too, though. Gay marriage, good... no hockey, bad.

Nice Cloutier pic.
4th-Feb-2005 06:11 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to post my Rangers logo and see what kind of reaction I'd get.

Ditto :D

My official reaction: the NHL and NHLPA, with their collective greed, can eat my ass.
4th-Feb-2005 06:17 pm (UTC)
Ehhh, I've given up on those fools. I've watched all the college hockey there has been on television and have now forced myself to watch, gulp, other sports.

Courts have clearly done more (such as the real topic of this thread, from which we have shamefully strayed); I say they should force hockey players back to work, even in figure skating unitards... I don't care.
5th-Feb-2005 02:28 am (UTC)
Mmmmm, cake. And Ben and Jerry's :)
4th-Feb-2005 06:32 pm (UTC)

I knew living in a blue state was good for something.

Now, brace for the obvious amendment push.
4th-Feb-2005 06:43 pm (UTC)
that's good news
4th-Feb-2005 06:52 pm (UTC)
yeah, and i'm not even gay :)
4th-Feb-2005 06:50 pm (UTC)
Wow, thanx for the update!
4th-Feb-2005 06:52 pm (UTC)
Red states...kiss my ass!
4th-Feb-2005 06:56 pm (UTC)

Finally someone in the government that DOESN'T have their head up their ass! (Not to mention actually understands the seperation between church and state thing)

4th-Feb-2005 07:11 pm (UTC)
And if you think about it, it kinda goes both ways, now churches/temples/circles/etc. that DO unite same sex couples can do that with the same legal implications as when they do hetrosexual ceremonies.

Hope this keeps moving FORWARD.
9th-Feb-2005 09:22 am (UTC)
I agree, I was wondering when someone would finally realize the whole separation of church and state, and we've finally found one.
4th-Feb-2005 06:59 pm (UTC)
*cheers* I love my hometown.
4th-Feb-2005 07:11 pm (UTC)
4th-Feb-2005 07:14 pm (UTC)
Where did you find this article? Like what news source?
5th-Feb-2005 03:56 pm (UTC)
i think it was yahoo news, but i cant be sure cause i was at work so i cant check my history or anything. i'm pretty sure its true, cause when i spoke to my father i mentioned it and he was like, yeah i heard about that... he's a good source of news imho :-)
4th-Feb-2005 07:31 pm (UTC)
Huzzah!!! Go blue states!
4th-Feb-2005 08:04 pm (UTC)
4th-Feb-2005 08:15 pm (UTC)
thats awesome.
4th-Feb-2005 08:19 pm (UTC)
YAYYYY!!! Now my friends don't have to go to other states to get legal, and then come home to a place where all of a sudden, they aren't.
6th-Feb-2005 05:18 pm (UTC)
9th-Feb-2005 06:03 pm (UTC)
10th-Feb-2005 03:13 am (UTC)
*cheers* *does many a jig*
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