Today at 2 p.m., the New York State Court of Appeals will hear arguments for and against making New York the second state to recognize gay marriages.

In 2004 and 2005, four same-sex marriage cases made their way through New York’s trial courts and Appellate Division. In the most well-known, Hernandez v. Robles, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan ordered New York City to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In December 2005, the 1st Department reversed. In each of the three other cases, supporters of gay marriage lost both at the trial level and before the 3rd Department.

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