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Cuomo Cheers Ruling On NY Marriage Equality
BY CELESTE KATZ

A state appeals court Friday upheld New York’s landmark same-sex marriage law, rejecting a challenge brought by an upstate religious group.

Our Glenn Blain reports:

The state Supreme Court Appellate Division in Rochester ruled the Senate’s GOP majority did not violate New York’s open meetings law by holding closed-door conferences with Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg prior to voting on the legislation.

Cuomo and Bloomberg had both lobbied for passage of the bill, which was approved by the Legislature in June of 2011.

“The court’s decision affirms that in our state, there is marriage equality for all, and with this decision New York continues to stand as a progressive leader for the nation,” Cuomo said in a statement.

The appellate ruling dismissed a lawsuit brought by the group New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms. A lower court ruling late last year had allowed the case to proceed.

Rev. Jason McGuire, the group’s executive director, said he was disappointed with the ruling and would meet with his attorneys to “weigh our legal options moving forward.”

“If we can’t trust elected leaders to play by the rules when they seek to pass legislation, then anything can pass against the will of the people — whether it be same-sex ‘marriage’ or a national health care initiative,” McGuire said in a statement.