Represented by the ACLU, New York State Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell and his partner are joined by 12 other gay couples in a lawsuit against the New York Department of Health. Their goal: to strike down a state law defining marriage as only existing between "a man and a woman."
Current New York state law recognizes domestic partners and provides for certain rights for domestic partners, including same-sex partners, but nothing more.
Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer for the couples, says:
"The inability of these couples to get married causes some real, serious problems in their lives — problems that heterosexual couples do not face and it's our position that the disparity is unconstitutional."