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Evangelical group files suit against same-sex marriage

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One day after same sex marriage became legal in New York State, a lawsuit has been filed by some religious groups, saying the Senate violated legal procedures when it conducted the vote.

In Albany, Karen Dewitt has the details.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

The suit, filed by the evangelical Christian lobby group New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, charges that the vote on June 24 was conducted in an “out of control political process."

The group’s Reverend Jason McGuire said that the State Senate held private meetings that violate the State’s Open Meetings Law, bent Senate rules to prevent opponents and some supporters from speaking out during debate, and locked the Senate chamber during the vote.

“It was not open and deliberative,” said McGuire. “We are concerned about that.”

The suit also alleges that Senators who switched their vote to a yes for same sex marriage received a promise of campaign donations from wealthy Wall Street financiers.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, who persuaded enough Senators to vote for the measure, had his Lieutenant Governor, Robert Duffy, who’s also the President of the Senate, tightly script the voting process on the night of June 24.  A spokesman for Cuomo says the lawsuit is “without merit.”

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