NY Marriage Equality Act survives Open Meeting Act challenge

In New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms v New York State Senate(NY App. Div., July 6, 2912) a New York state appeals court rejected a challenge to the state’s Marriage Equality Law (which permits same-sex marriage) enacted last year. Plaintiffs claimed that private lobbying of the Republican Conference of the State Senate in favor of the law by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Andrew Cuomo violated the Open Meetings Act. The court concluded that the exemption in the Open Meetings Law for deliberations of political caucuses, including invited staff or guests, covered the lobbying being challenged. It rejected the argument that the exemption for invited guests only includes guests of the same political party as the caucus. Advocate.com reports on the decision.