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Mayor Criminally Charged for Marrying Gay Couples

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posted on Mar, 2 2004 @ 04:07 PM
Fox News reporting criminal charges placed against New Paltz Mayor Jason West for marrying gay couples without a licence...


Jason West faces 19 separate counts of solemnizing a marriage without a license, a misdemeanor under the domestic relations law, according to Ulster County District Attorney Donald Williams. Although West could face a maximum penalty of up to a year in jail, Williams said a jail term wasn't being contemplated at this point.

West performed wedding ceremonies for 25 gay couples on Friday, making him the second mayor in the country to perform same-sex marriages. More than 3,400 couples have been married in San Francisco.

[Edited on 2-3-2004 by DeltaChaos]


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