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Rally in New York City celebrating the Supreme Court's decision on the Defense of Marriage Act. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/eastsidephil/9148373602/sizes/z/in/photolist-eWpNKm-Db8w5-Db8wi-bVhBJy-eWjGQ4-eoikvV-dG6yJm-ajbZQb-6n7wPw-6nqY3h-6obUYx-9chSab-cEM45u/">Phil Davis NY</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Rally in New York City celebrating the Supreme Court's decision on the Defense of Marriage Act. Photo: Phil Davis NY, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo praises SCOTUS decisions on same-sex marriage

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
AMPA advocates for the rights of partners and spouses of same-sex couples in the military.

How same-sex military couples feel about benefits news

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

Same-sex marriage votes shape GOP primary

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
135 Pearl in Burlington (photo: thisisjace)

Remembering a gay landmark in Burlington

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

Governor Andrew Cuomo praises Obama's support for same-sex marriage

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
Nathan Hoskins

Finding peace after cruelty

A Kentucky man who survived childhood abuse and learned to forgive will share his story with audiences in Canton and Potsdam.

You might remember Nathan Hoskins'...  Go to full article
Crossroads Catholic Community service with Father Cox at The Episcopal Church of St. Luke the Beloved Physician in Saranac Lake. Photo: Mark Kurtz

New church offers hope to those who feel marginalized

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

Soldiers react to end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

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

Evangelical group files suit against same-sex marriage

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

First same-sex marriages made in New York

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

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