Thursday, February 03, 2005

GAY MARRIAGE - Some good news & some bad news!

A criminal case was reinstated against a small-town mayor Wednesday; his honor got in trouble for marrying a about two dozen gay couples last year. picked up an Associated Press piece by Michael Hill ...

The case was resurrected the same day lawmakers in three states took up constitutional bans on gay marriage; Kansas placed a ban on their April 5 ballot, while a similar change failed in Idaho but passed a House committee in South Dakota.

After New Paltz Village Mayor Jason West, 27, performed the ceremonies he was quickly hit with 24 misdemeanor counts. The charges were later dismissed by a town court judge who said there were constitutional problems in banning gay marriages.

Ulster County Court Judge J. Michael Bruhn brought back the charges Wednesday, saying public officials cannot pick and choose which laws to obey. He said the case was not about the constitutionality of gay marriage, but whether West lived up to his oath of office to uphold the law.

Let's nominate Judge Bruhn to replace Chief Justice Rheinquist,

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