New York court won't hear gay marriage challenge

The state's gay marriage law cleared its only legal hurdle

By Jillian Rayfield

Published October 24, 2012 7:43PM (EDT)

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The highest court in New York declined to hear a challenge to the marriage equality law, clearing the only legal obstacle for same-sex marriages in the state.

From the New York Times:

"The Court of Appeals rejected a motion by a conservative group, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, which had accused the State Senate of violating the state’s Open Meetings Law in its deliberations before it voted last year to allow gay men and lesbians to marry. The court did not provide an explanation of its decision."

“With the court’s decision, same-sex couples no longer have to worry that their right to marry could be legally challenged in this state,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who helped push for the law's passage in 2011. “The freedom to marry in this state is secure for generations to come.”

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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