Tuesday, May 31, 2005
From Law.com: "The village mayor who challenged New York law by
attempting to marry gay couples last year will face trial, the state's
highest court ruled Friday.
New Paltz, N.Y., Mayor Jason West faces 24 misdemeanor counts
of violating the state's domestic relations law by marrying couples
without licenses in late February 2004. He faces fines and up to a year
in jail if convicted.
West's actions came amid a flurry of efforts in various states
to wed gay couples after San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom allowed gay
couples there to marry in February 2004. Those efforts have largely
been put on hold by the courts.
West has maintained he was upholding the gay couples'
constitutional rights to equal protection -- and thus his oath of
office -- by allowing them to wed in the Hudson Valley college town in
late February 2004.
But state officials, including Gov. George Pataki and Attorney
General Eliot Spitzer, have said same-sex ceremonies violate state law." Story . . . [Mark Godsey]