Thursday, July 06, 2006
New York does not have to allow same sex marriages
From The Morning Grind

New York's highest court ruled this morning that the state does not have to allow same-sex couples to marry, CNN's Rose Arce reports. The ruling said only the state legislature, and not the courts, can give that right.

The state argued that it had a compelling interest in preserving marriage as the union of a man and woman because ideally, traditional families should be the ones to procreate and care for children. The state said that any change in that practice should be addressed by the legislature and not the courts.

"Our conclusion that there is a rational basis for limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples leads us to hold that that limitation is valid under the New York Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses, and that any expansion of the traditional definition of marriage should come from the Legislature," the court said in its decision.
Posted By Mark Preston, CNN Political Unit: 7/06/2006 10:57:00 AM ET | Permalink
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