Buffalo Newspaper: Judge Finds Merit in Open Meetings Accusation as He Allows Lawsuit to Continue


Buffalo is of course represented by marriage flip-flopper Sen. Mark Grisanti:

A lawsuit seeking to overturn the state's new gay marriage law on procedural grounds can move forward because a private meeting between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Senate Republicans may have violated the state's open meetings law, an acting State Supreme Court judge in Livingston County has ruled.

Judge Robert Wiggins, a Republican, said there is a "justiciable issue" at stake in a lawsuit brought by a group of evangelical Baptist churches over whether the process used to pass the gay marriage law was legal.

The judge harshly slapped Cuomo for pushing through the bill without the normal three-day aging process, but he said he has no legal force to rule against the maneuver because the Senate voted to accept the "message of necessity" and pass the bill quickly on the night of June 24.

But the judge said there could be a problem with a June closed-door meeting between Cuomo and Senate Republicans, which the plaintiffs -- New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms -- said was an arm-twisting session by the governor to get the GOP senators to back the bill.

The bill later passed, with four Republicans -- including Buffalo Sen. Mark Grisanti -- breaking ranks with their party to get it passed. --Buffalo News