Jason West, a New York mayor who made the news recently with marrying gay couples in New Paltz, has been charged with 19 counts of solemnising marriages without a licence. Despite the consequences, this weekend he plans to wed 24 more gay couples.
He actually presided over 25 gay marriages last Friday near Manhattan but police only witnessed 19 of them. As far as he is concerned, all the ceremonies were legal, even though they ran contrary to current law.
A fellow New York mayor, John Shields, has similar plans as West and is even pursuing a licence for himself and his male partner.