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Opponents file suit against gay marriage

Gay-marriage opponents said today they will file suit to overturn the recently adopted law.

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, which represents evangelical ministers, says the that State Senate violated state law and its own practices in several ways in forcing through the legislation in the final act of the 2011 regular session. In a news release about the lawsuit, it claims the senate:

 - Violated state Open Meetings laws.

- Suspended normal procedures to prevent senators who opposed the bill from speaking.

- Locked out protesters and lobbyists from the State Senate chambers during the final day of the session, denying them access to lawmakers.

The opponents also flagged campaign contributions made to Republican senators to voted for the bill.

The group asks the court to declare the same-sex marriage statute null and void.

"Constitutional liberties were violated," said Rev. Jason McGuire, NYCF executive director. "Today, we are asking the court to intervene in its rightful role as the check and balance on an out-of-control state Legislature."

McGuire said he will file the lawsuit in State Supreme Court, Livingston County, where he resides.

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