ALBANY, N.Y. -- The fight over gay marriage in New York should heat up as opponents begin to look for legal grounds to try to overturn the landmark law.
New York became the sixth and largest state to allow gay marriage last month, providing fresh energy to the national drive for same-sex weddings. The law takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.
National groups that pursue freedom of religion and free speech cases already are soliciting New Yorkers who say their civil rights will be trampled by the new right of gay couples to marry.
Holly Carmichael of the Alliance Defense Fund, an Arizona-based firm that presses faith-based cases in court nationwide, says the new law conflicts with "fundamental American religious freedoms."
Scholars say challenges will be difficult, partly because of existing anti-discrimination laws.