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A New York Court of Appeals has rejected to hear a motion filed by a conservative group to overturn New York legalizing same-sex marriage, as reported by the New York Times in an October 23, 2012 article.

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms petitioned the New York court accusing the State Senate for violating the Open Meetings Law of the state. The Open Meetings Law was created so that any new law or amendment was deliberated in public before it is voted on. The legalization of same-sex marriages in New York did not go through this process.

Although the court rejected to hear the conservative group’s argument they provided no reasoning or explanation on their decision.  In response to this verdict New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo released a statement saying that with this “court’s decision, same-sex couples no longer have to worry that their right to marry could be legally challenged in this state.” Gov. Cuomo went on to say that “the freedom to marry in this state is secure for generations to come.” The leader of the conservative group stated that he was disappointed but not surprised by the court’s decision.

The lawsuit that was filed focused mostly on challenging the so called “closed-door” meetings. The lawsuit challenged these meetings stating that they should have been held open in the public. Last year another lawsuit attempted to challenge the new marriage law based on another legal issue however that was unanimously rejected by the Court of Appeals. With this suit dismissed, it is believed that the new marriage law will not be challenged again.

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