While the Office of the Yakima County Auditor specifically states that “same sex marriages are not recognized in the state of Washington,” residents of other states see themselves in a struggle against ill-gotten laws that say marriage by legal definition includes those of the same sex.
For example, several constitutional and legal violations were committed as Governor Cuomo proudly signed into New York law the “Act” (same sex marriage law). Because violations were committed, Liberty Counsel has filed a law suit representing New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms and several other plaintiffs in the New York Supreme Court for “declaratory and injunctive relief” against the Act.
Not only were legal procedures ignored, but strong-arm tactics were used to get the Act passed, including:
- Mayor Bloomberg held a closed door session with all Republican senators where he lobbied them to vote for the Act.
- With millions of dollars Cuomo had raised from Wall Street financiers, he pressured Republican Senators at a private meeting at the Governor’s mansion. He promised to give money (campaign contributions) to the senators who voted in favor of the Act and against any Republican who did not vote for the Act.
- Cuomo infringed the rights of the citizens of New York by dismissing the three-day review period before the Legislature votes on a bill by issuing a message of necessity, a “necessity,” which is not justified.
- During days leading up to the vote, lobbyists and the public were shut out from the Senate lobby in an unprecented move to deny access to elected representatives.
- To prevent debate on the bill and save time, rule changes were made on the Senate floor. It was signed in time to get coverage on the evening news.
Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel commented,
“New York law requires that the government be open and transparent to keep political officials responsible. When government operates in secret and freezes out the very people it is supposed to represent, the entire system fails. The back-room tactics were rampant in the passages of this law. The law should be set aside and the process should begin again to allow the people a voice in the process.” (Source)
Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, agrees,
“Constitutional liberties were violated….we are asking the court to intervene in its rightful role as the check and balance on an out-of-control State Legislature.
“It is unfortunate that state senators chose to protect their personal interests, rather than the people they were elected to represent. Some of the players may have changed, but it looks like same old Albany game. It is time the curtain be pulled back and the disinfecting light of good government shine upon the Cuomo Administration and our State Legislature.”
Exhibits to the complaint
Alliance Defense Fund: New York Law requires employers to accommodate sincerely held religious beliefs under Executive Law § 296(10)(a).