Hundreds of Hudson Valley residents await decision on gay marriage

Same-sex couples across the Hudson Valley will have their eyes on a case before the high court Wednesday that could decide whether they get the right to legally wed. Forty-five gay couples denied marriage

News 12 Staff

Jun 1, 2006, 1:03 PM

Updated 6,623 days ago

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Same-sex couples across the Hudson Valley will have their eyes on a case before the high court Wednesday that could decide whether they get the right to legally wed.
Forty-five gay couples denied marriage licenses by the state brought their cases to court in February, arguing that marriage for heterosexuals only is in violation of the state Constitution, which guarantees privacy and equal protection under the law. In that case, a midlevel appeals court upheld as constitutional the state's current marriage law, limiting legal matrimony to a man and woman. This last round of arguments is the final step before the court issues a ruling on the legality of gay marriage for New Yorkers.
On Tuesday, gay rights supporters met in White Plains and Middletown to draw attention to what they say is a violation of their basic civil rights. They plan rallies in more communities as the court decides their fate.
Those who oppose gay marriage say the majority of Americans side with their belief that marriage should be reserved for heterosexual unions. The Pew Research Center conducted a poll in March that found 51 percent of Americans oppose gay marriage.


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