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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Gay Marriage Mayor Prosecution Dropped

A New York mayor charged with a criminal offense for marrying same-sex couples has has the charges against him dropped.  He was probably charged under New York Penal Law Section 255, which provides: "A person is guilty of unlawfully solemnizing a marriage when: . . . 2. Being authorized by the laws of this state to perform marriage ceremonies and to solemnize marriages, he performs a marriage ceremony or solemnizes a marriage knowing that a legal impediment to such marriage exists." [Jack Chin]

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