N.Y. Gay-Nups Mayor to Face Charges

Criminal charges against New Paltz Village Mayor Jason West (search) for marrying gay couples were reinstated by a judge today.

Twenty-four misdemeanor counts were filed against West after he married a series of gay couples last February in the Hudson Valley college town of New Paltz (search). But the charges were dismissed last summer by a town court judge who said there were constitutional problems in banning same-sex marriages.

Ruling on an appeal, Ulster County Court Judge J. Michael Bruhn said the criminal case against West wasn't about the constitutionality of gay marriage (search), but whether West lived up to his oath of office to uphold the law.

The case will now go to trial in town court, barring a successful appeal by West's lawyers.