ALBANY (AP) - A state appeals court has ruled against a challenge to New York's year-old same-sex marriage law.
The Appellate Division of state Supreme Court in Rochester ruled against gay marriage opponents who argued that state senators violated New York's open meeting rules ahead of the law's passage on June 24, 2011.
The law was given final legislative approval by the state Senate after weeks of intensive lobbying and swiftly signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms claimed Cuomo and another gay marriage supporter, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, met behind closed doors with the Senate's Republican majority in violation of the law.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (SHNEYE'-dur-muhn) argued the open meetings law did not apply in the case of the Republican caucus meeting with invited guests.
The Associated Press