Schneiderman was asked about a lawsuit filed by the conservative New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, in which the group makes a variety of procedural claims against the same-sex marriage law, including a claim that several meetings held in private with Senate Republicans violated the state’s Open Meetings Law.
In a decision that was made public yesterday, a judge in Livingston County ruled the lawsuit can proceed, taking issue with a variety of procedural steps taken by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republicans.
“Obviously, we disagree with the court’s interpretation of the Open Meetings Law,” Schneiderman said. “It’s ongoing litigation, expected to go through the appellate process. The important thing to remember … is that the marriage-equality law is validly in place. Same-sex marriages can take place in New York. This does not in any way change the law.”
Schneiderman’s office had asked the judge to throw the suit out, arguing it was without merit. The attorney general said his office is “reviewing the decision” and hasn’t decided whether to appeal the judge’s ruling allowing it to proceed.
“Exactly what we do next has not been determined, but I am confident that this will work its way through the appellate process,” Schneiderman said. “And I’m confident that our position on the Open Meetings Law will be upheld.”
Here’s video of Schneiderman discussing the suit, as well as his relationship with Gov. Andrew Cuomo: