NY Judge Leaning Toward Paterson In Gay Legal Fight?


It looks like David Paterson’s going to top the Alliance Defense Fund!

A New York state judge indicated yesterday that she will rule in the Governor’s favor after the ADF, an anti-gay group based in Arizona, filed a suit saying he acted unjustly in ordering New York to recognize out-of-state gay marriages:

The most heated exchange came over one of the Alliance Defense Fund’s key arguments: that the word “marriage” fundamentally means a bond between a man and a woman.

Mr. Raum argued that, if Mr. Paterson’s interpretation of New York law were to stand, “then marriage would mean nothing. It would mean whatever any foreign jurisdiction says.”

“Yes, it does mean that in New York,” Judge Billings replied. She said that there could be an exception if a certain marriage were deemed “abhorrent” but did not say gay marriages fit that definition.

Judge [Lucy] Billings also implied that she would rule against the Alliance Defense Fund, forcing them to appeal their case. “The petitioners, I’m sure, are headed to a higher court,” she said.

Or, by some miracle, the ADF will back off and mind their own business.