Wednesday, April 26, 2006

New York Religious, Civil-Rights Groups Support Gay Marriage in Briefs filed with Court of Appeals

In briefs filed with the New York Court of Appeals, National and state-wide religious and civil-rights organizations are urging the court to strike down state laws that deny gays and lesbians marriage protection. So far, a total of 14 friend-of-the-court briefs have been filed. It is reported that nearly 200 religious organizations, congregations and clergy from throughout New York joined in one brief giving broad support among religions for marriage equality while acknowledging that allowing gays and lesbians to marry will not force religious groups that do not wish to marry them to do so. Groups who signed the brief include Episcopal, United Methodist, Presbyterian, Church of Christ and Unitarian churches, and conservative and reform Jewish temples. The court will hear oral arguments May 31.  Source. Peteer Cassels, Edge National News Editor, edgenewyork.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited April 26, 2006, reo).

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