Representatives from several organizations opposed to gay marriage joined forces with five New York state lawmakers to try to block a directive from Gov. David Paterson that instructed all state agencies to recognize same-sex couples with legal marriages from other states and countries.
On June 3 the Alliance Defense Fund filed for an injunction to block the directive, which Gov. Paterson issued through a memo last month. The memo prompted a swift response from many organizations — including the New York State Catholic Conference — decrying the directive. The Alliance Defense Fund is representing Assemblymen Brian Kolb and Daniel Burling, Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco, Senators Martin Golden and Serphin Maltese, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, the Conservative Party of New York State, and the Coalition to Save Marriage in New York.
“New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms strongly urges Gov. Paterson to revise this ill-advised directive,” the Rev. Duane R. Motley, the organization’s executive director, said in a June 3 statement. “Marriage is a sacred institution; it is, and always will be, the union of a man and a woman. NYCF will do everything in its power to protect marriage from being redefined according to the preferences of a small, vocal special-interest group.”