The village mayor who challenged New York law by attempting to marry gay couples last year will face trial, the New York Court of Appeals ruled Friday. New Paltz, N.Y., Mayor Jason West faces 24 misdemeanor counts of violating the state's domestic relations law. He faces fines and up to a year in jail if convicted. His actions came amid a flurry of activity in various states after San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom allowed gay couples to marry there in February 2004.
N.Y. Mayor Faces Trial for Trying to Marry Gay Couples
The Associated Press
May 31, 2005