The first came on Oct. 18, when the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage only as a union between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional. The law’s opponents cheered the ruling.
“Today’s ruling is another step forward in our nation’s ongoing march toward justice and equality,” Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan), who voted against the law when it passed in 1996, said in a prepared statement.“The court’s decision recognizes that DOMA runs afoul of the Equal Protection clause and is fundamentally unfair.Now, all of us must continue the fight to see the rest of this discriminatory statute overturned or repealed.”
Then on Tuesday the state Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, rejected a motion filed by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms. The group had accused the state Senate of violating the Open Meetings Law when members met before voting in favor of same-sex marriage last year.