- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 23, 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s highest court will not hear a challenge to the state’s 2011 law legalizing same-sex marriage, ending the most prominent objection to the law.

Tuesday’s decision leaves intact the July ruling by another court, which concluded that closed-door negotiations among senators and gay-marriage supporters, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, did not violate any laws.

The Court of Appeals, as is customary, did not explain why it wouldn’t take the case.

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms claimed that Mr. Cuomo and another gay-marriage supporter, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, violated the state’s open-meetings law when they met behind closed doors with the Senate’s Republican majority.

The law was given final legislative approval after weeks of intensive lobbying and swiftly signed by Mr. Cuomo, making New York the largest state to legalize same-sex weddings.


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