Tuesday, July 26, 2011

First Anti-Marriage Equality Lawsuit Filed By Group With Falwell Ties

Boy, that didn't take long... As wedding bells continue to ring joyfully throughout the state of New York, an evangelical church group with ties to my hometown of Lynchburg, Va., has filed the first lawsuit against marriage equality.

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, represented by a "Christian" legal group aligned with the late Rev. Jerry Falwell—the architect of using homophobia to raise $$$$$$ to fund Republican causes (and to enjoy a fat-cat lavish lifestyle)—alleges the Senate violated procedures in passage of the Marriage Equality Act.

The suit claims the Senate prevented lawmakers who opposed the bill from speaking; and that it didn't allow the bill to go through appropriate committees before a full vote. It also says lobbyists and the public were denied access to elected reps and—god, I love this one—included nods for Wall Street financiers to make campaign contributions to Republican senators supporting Marriage Equality. The latter, I believe, is called "politics as usual," something the Republican party and Mr. Falwell are intimately acquainted with.

Natch, NYCF is doing this just for Him. Its mission statement: NYCF exists to influence legislation and legislators for Jesus Christ." So much for that pesky separation of church and state... again.

The suit seeks to dismiss the Marriage Equality Act and nullify the 1,200 same-sex weddings that took place Sunday in New York state, 823 in NYC alone, surpassing the city’s single-day record of 621 marriages on Valentine’s Day 2003.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto assures that the lawsuit is baseless: "The plaintiffs lack a basic understanding of the laws of the state of New York. The suit is without merit."

New York State, which has 19.4 million residents, is home to 65,300 self-professed same-sex couples, according to the 2010 Census. The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law projects that about 13,300 of New York State’s gay couples will choose to marry over the next year.