February 4, 2005


NEW YORK (AP) — A judge declared Friday that a law banning same-sex marriage violates the state constitution, a first-of-its-kind ruling in New York that would clear the way for gay couples to wed if it survives on appeal.

Gay rights activists hailed the ruling as a historic victory that “delivers the state Constitution’s promise of equality to all New Yorkers.”

(Via Howard Bashman). I haven’t seen the opinion yet, so though I support the outcome I don’t know whether the reasoning is persuasive.

UPDATE: Here, via Joe Carter, is a link to the text of the opinion.

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