State Court of Appeals to Hear Two Same-Sex Marriage Cases

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March 31, 2009


"The state's highest court agreed on Tuesday to hear arguments in two cases that challenge New York's recognition of same-sex-marriages legally performed elsewhere.

"...Susan Sommer, senior counsel from Lambda Legal, a gay rights group that is representing Westchester County and the civil service department, said she had hoped the court would decide not to hear the cases, but added that she was optimistic it would not rule against same-sex couples.

"'I think the rulings in the lower courts were correct and consistent with all the other prevailing decisions in the state,' she said. 'I'm looking forward to making the same arguments to the high court so we can ask it to affirm those same arguments that have prevailed in all other cases.'"