Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Coy in Albany

Will New York State join Massachusetts in permitting same-sex marriage soon? The head of the highest court there is teasing the media about it.

Yesterday at a news conference, Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye of the Appeals Court would say only, "I expect someday the issue will come to us, in this case or another case," in reference to Friday's announcement that the City would appeal the order to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Both Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer have requested quick action. She refused to say whether the court would expedite it.

According to a court spokesman, the average time for an appeal from filing to decision is 259 days.

The court would look at the recent NYC case and likely consider one or more of the three upstate (more conservative) decisions that upheld denial of same-sex marriage licenses.

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