Jun 27, 2013 — There have been large, daylong celebrations in Los Angeles and San Francisco by supporters of same-sex marriages over the last day. They're cheering a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that settles a five-year battle against California's ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling means gay couples can start picking up wedding licenses in about three weeks.
There was a similar celebration in New York City last night over a second ruling by the court that overturned a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kitty Lambert Rudd, a longtime Buffalo gay rights activist, was elated yesterday.
Lambert Rudd is President of OUTspoken for Equality. She and her partner were one of the first local couples to marry two years ago after New York State legalized same-sex marriage. Go to full article
Watertown, NY, Feb 12, 2013 — Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced yesterday that in line with the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, some spousal benefits will be given to same-sex service members and their partners.
The federal law known as the Defense of Marriage Act still prohibits many of the major spousal benefits, like housing and health care, from being extended to same-sex couples. But Panetta's announcement still had advocates for gay service members cheering. Go to full article
Albany, NY, Sep 12, 2012 — Tomorrow's Republican primary vote across New York is being shaped by last year's vote on same-sex marriage.
Some GOP lawmakers, including Assemblywoman Janet Duprey from Clinton County and state Senator Roy McDonald from Saratoga County, crossed party lines to support gay marriage. Now they face challenges from more conservative Republicans who say the vote was a mistake. Go to full article
Burlington, VT, Jun 29, 2012 — June is traditionally Pride Month for the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community - a month that celebrates the diversity and culture around the community. The... Go to full article
Albany, NY, May 10, 2012 — Governor Cuomo, who won national praise and attention for championing the passage of same sex marriage in New York, calls President Obama's support of gay marriage a "major... Go to full article
Saranac Lake, NY, Mar 13, 2012 — A new, ecumenical church community has been formed in Saranac Lake that's trying to appeal to those who feel marginalized by the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The... Go to full article
Watertown, NY, Sep 23, 2011 — The military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy of dealing with gay service members officially ended this week. Now, gay soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen can serve openly... Go to full article
Albany, NY, Jul 26, 2011 — One day after same sex marriage became legal in New York State, a lawsuit has been filed by some religious groups, saying the Senate violated legal procedures when it... Go to full article
Albany, NY, Jul 25, 2011 — Gay couples dressed in everything from tuxes and gowns, to T-shirts, as they said their vows and raised their marriage certificates in triumph yesterday. New York yesterday... Go to full article