The anti-gay religion-based group, New Yorkers For Constitutional Freedoms today, represented by Liberty Counsel, filed an 89-count complaint (below) in New York State Supreme Court attempting to overturn the thirty-one day old same-sex marriage equality law that went into effect Sunday. The organization, which also produces a radio program, “with news and views from the Christian perspective on the State Capitol,” alleges in its lawsuit that, among other issues, the state’s open meeting law was not respected. New Yorkers For Constitutional Freedoms has been affiliated with New York State Senator and Reverend Rubén Díaz.
Diaz insinuated yesterday the lawsuit was coming, stating, “We’re going to show them next week that everything they did today was illegal,” Diaz said, speaking in Spanish, adding, “Today we start the battle! Today we start the war!”
“The plaintiffs lack a basic understanding of the laws of the state of New York. The suit is without merit,” stated Governor Cuomo’s spokesman, Josh Vlasto.
The lawsuit, which names the New York State Senate, the New York State Department of Health, and the Attorney General, includes allegations such as, “a private dinner between the Republican Senators and and Governor Cuomo at the Governor’s mansion, with the public and press excluded, aimed at convincing Republican Senators to vote for the bill,” and, “Mayor Bloomberg has personally donated $41,200 to four Republican Senators who voted for the Act,” and, “Governor Cuomo is a registered Democrat,” and, “Republican Senators turned their cell phones off so neither the public nor their staff could reach them.”
The anti-gay group, Jerry Falwell and Mat Staver’s Liberty Counsel, which is closely tied to anti-gay hate groups like Concerned Women for America and Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, via Matt Barber, is representing the plaintiffs, Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Rev. Duane R. Motley and Rabbi Nathaniel S. Leiter.
Liberty Counsel states the lawsuit was filed in “response to the flagrant violations of the New York state constitutional and legal procedures.”
The lawsuit is a convenient tactic for the decades-old organization to fundraise, market its message of anti-gay hate, and give cover to anti-gay politicians like New York State Senator and Reverend Rubén Díaz, and his cronies at NOM, the National Organization For Marriage.
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