Lawsuit Filed to Stop NY Gay Marriage

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Opponents of New York's gay marriage law filed a lawsuit Monday, claiming the state Senate violated meeting procedures when it approved the bill.

Liberty Counsel introduced the case on behalf of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms and a local rabbi.

In the lawsuit, they claim New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a closed-door meeting with Republicans and pressured them to vote in favor of the gay marriage bill.

Liberty Counsel says that is a violation of the state's Open Meetings Law.

The lawsuit also says Bloomberg promised campaign contributions for Republicans who favored the legislation, and that the public was "denied access to elected representatives" when the bill was presented.

Jason McGuire, executive director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedom, talked more about the complications the new law creates on CBN News Channel Morning News, July 25.  Click play to watch.

"It is unfortunate that state senators chose to protect their personal interests, rather than the people they were elected to represent," NYCF executive director Rev. Jason McGuire said. "It is time the curtain be pulled back and the disinfecting light of good government shine upon the Cuomo administration and our state legislature."

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Monday's lawsuit came one day after hundreds of gay and lesbian couples were married in New York.  Thousands protested the law as it officially took effect Sunday.

Demonstrators say Gov. Andrew Cuomo redefined marriage and didn't give the voters any say in the matter.
    
"This is going to stimulate a whole new effort on our part to start to turn things around," Bill Banuchi, founder and head of the Marriage and Family Savers Institute in Newburgh, told the Times Herald-Record.

"We're strategizing now about how to do that, but this is not something we're going to settle for," he said.

New York is the largest state to approve gay marriage. Forty-one states have banned it.

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