NY Court to Hear Argument Challenging Recognition of Out-of-State Marriages of Gay Couples
New York Court of Appeals to Hear Oral Argument in Cases Challenging Recognition of Out- of-State Marriages of Same-Sex Couples
(Albany, New York,) —On Tuesday, October 13 at 2:00 p.m. the New York Court of Appeals will hear arguments in two cases regarding state and county recognition of out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples. The cases are Lewis v. New York State Department of Civil Serviceand Godfrey v. Spano
The cases were brought by the Alliance Defense Fund challenging state and county authority to respect out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples. Lambda Legal intervened in each case representing same-sex couples who depend on recognition of their out-of state marriages for critical protections. Lambda Legal will argue on the couples’ behalf in the Court of Appeals.
Lambda Legal and the two couples will hold a news conference immediately after oral argument on the steps outside the New York Court of Appeals.
WHEN: Oral Argument: 2:00 p.m.
Press Conference: approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 13, 2009
WHERE: State of New York Court of Appeals
Steps of the court building main entrance
20 Eagle Street, Albany, New York
WHO: Susan Sommer, Lambda Legal Senior Counsel
Peri Rainbow and Tamela Sloan
Michael Sabatino and Robert Voorheis
Order of Oral Argument
Brian Raum, Senior Legal Counsel, Alliance Defense Fund, for Appellants
Sasha Samberg-Champion, Assistant Solicitor General, for Respondent New York State Department of Civil Service
Mary Lynn Nicolas-Brewster, Associate Westchester County Attorney, for Respondent Westchester County
Susan Sommer, Senior Counsel and Director of Constitutional Litigation, Lambda Legal, for Respondent couples
For background on Godfrey v. Spano visit: http://www.lambdalegal.org/in-court/cases/godfrey-v-spano.html
For background on Lewis v. New York State Department of Civil Service visit: http://www.lambdalegal.org/in-court/cases/lewis-v-new-york-state-department-civil-service.html
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