Comparing it to anti-miscegenation laws, a Manhattan judge has declared New York's Domestic Relations Law unconstitutional and enjoined the city clerk from denying same-sex marriage licenses. Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan ruled Friday that the statute violates the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the state Constitution. The decision could put New York on the same path as Massachusetts, whose highest court found its state law unconstitutional.
New York Judge Mandates Same-Sex Marriage
New York Law Journal
February 7, 2005