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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Court Upholds Marriage Equity Act

NEW YORK – The following statement can be attributed to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman regarding today’s ruling by the New York State Court of Appeals to deny a motion to appeal the Marriage Equality Act. The Attorney General’s Office defended the State law in this case.

“Today another barrier has been overcome in the struggle for full equality for gay and lesbian New Yorkers. The New York State Court of Appeals sided with my office in a rejecting a challenge to the Marriage Equality Act. With this ruling by our state’s highest court, same sex couples can now have peace of mind that this legal challenge to their marriages has been laid to rest. The struggle to secure federal recognition of all New York marriages continues, but today’s decision is an important victory for equal justice. My office will keep fighting every day to defend the fundamental guarantee of equal protection of the law for all New Yorkers.”

The case was handled by Assistant Solicitor General Victor Paladino and Deputy Solicitor General Andrea Oser, under the supervision of Solicitor General Barbara D. Underwood.

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