Brooklyn’s Family Court celebrates marriage equality
The Kings County Family Court and the New York City Family Court Advisory Council to the Administrative Judge Committee for LGBT Matters hosted its second annual LGBTQ event on marriage equality at the Family Court during a ceremony in Downtown Brooklyn on Monday.
“The Supreme Court landmark decision of U.S. v. Windsor was issued nearly two years ago now,” Hon. Amanda White said in her opening remarks. “It found the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional as a deprivation of the liberty of the person protected by the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution.
“Justice Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion that the statute is invalid for it has no legitimate purpose and, in fact, disparages and injures those whom the state, by its marriage laws, sought to protect,” she continued.
Hayley Gorenberg, the national deputy legal director for Lambda Legal; Julie Fink, who helped represent Edie Windsor in her fight against the Defense of Marriage Act; director and producer Yoruba Richen; and advocate Karess Taylor-Hughes were among those to speak at the event.