New York's highest court today turned back an attempt by gay and lesbian couples to win equal treatment under New York State's marriage law, saying that the state constitution "does not compel recognition of marriages between members of the same sex." The court's ruling combined four different lawsuits by 44 gay and lesbian couples throughout the state, who argued that they had a constitutionally protected right to be married like heterosexual couples, and that to deny them that right violated the due-process and equal-protection clauses of the state constitution.Unlike the Georgia Supreme Court, that ruled unanimously, the N.Y. court was split evenly. In this case even the justices that voted in majority seemed to have sympathy for LGBT couples who wish to marry.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
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