Question: Who sues a whole state? Answer: New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms and its Executive Director Jason J. McGuire; senior lobbyist Duane R. Motley; and Executive Director of Torah Jews for Decency, Nathaniel S. Leiter. Now that we’ve solved that mystery, the question is why.
The lawsuit claims violations of New York State Open Meetings laws, irregularities in the state Senate voting procedures and “unprecedented Senate lock-outs” in which lobbyists and the public were denied access to lawmakers.
The gay marriage law was enacted soon after the Senate voted, 33-29, in favor of it on June 24. The law went into effect July 24.
“New York law requires that the government be open and transparent to keep political officials responsible,” said Mathew D. Staver , founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, a Florida legal organization that has argued against same-sex marriage.
“When government operates in secret and freezes out the very people it is supposed to represent, the entire system fails,” he said. “The backroom 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.”
The lawsuit was filed the day after NYS was officially able to issue marriage licenses for same sex marriages. Guess the honeymoon is over.