Opponents of New York’s gay marriage law filed the first lawsuit challenging the measure, an anticipated salvo that came Monday as dozens of same-sex couples exchanged vows in a group ceremony overlooking Niagara Falls a day after the first gay weddings.
A representative of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms and a rabbi said in a lawsuit filed in state court that New York’s Senate violated its own procedures and the state’s open meetings law when it approved the bill last month.
The lawsuit claims that the Senate prevented lawmakers who opposed the bill from speaking and that the Senate didn’t follow procedures that require a bill to go through appropriate committees before a full Senate vote.
Opponents of the gay marriage law had promised lawsuits.
“We should have an open and deliberative process,” the Rev. Jason McGuire, executive director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, told The Associated Press. “If truly the legislation can stand on its own merits then it should be able to withstand being deliberated publicly.”