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For a long time, opponents of same-sex marriage — and gay rights in general — have managed to put a friendly face on their efforts. With the exception of a few zany  whackos, like the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas, the message...
Ask anyone, even those deemed most popular, and there will be a memory of some incident proving a sad reality: kids can be cruel. Kids can also be kind, stunningly so. But, even well-intentioned people (of all ages) often feel pressured to mock...
The ruling Conservatives wasted little time trying to douse a firestorm of concern over the legality of same-sex marriages for foreign couples who married in Canada. According to this Globe and Mail article: All same sex marriages performed in...
The Globe and Mail is reporting that thousands of non-Canadian gay couples who flocked to Canada to get married, may not be legally wed after all. Why? Well, a federal government lawyer’s submission in a same-sex divorce case being heard in...
This Sunday is the first day same sex couples will be able to marry legally in New York State.  Some couples  are already preparing to get hitched and celebrate  just after midnight Sunday morning. New York’s famous I Love NY...

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Apr 14, 2014 — A federal judge put a "stay" on his ruling, though, which apparently means his order affects only the four couples who sued to have their names put on their children's birth certificates.
Apr 10, 2014 — Same-sex marriage went before an appeals court in Utah on Thursday. It's the first federal appellate court to hear a marriage case after the 2013 marriage equality decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court. Colorado Public Radio's Megan Verlee was in the courtroom for the hearing.
Apr 10, 2014 — A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in the case prompted by last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.
Apr 7, 2014 — An appeal by a company that refused to photograph a gay wedding was turned down. The justices also refused to review a ruling that corporations cannot contribute directly to political candidates.
Apr 3, 2014 — Brendan Eich is a co-founder of Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser. But his personal donation to an anti-gay-marriage campaign means he's no longer CEO.
 

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Freedom to Marry Forum in Canton
Nearly 100 people gathered at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton for the "Freedom to Marry" forum in April 2004. St. Lawrence County gay and lesbian couples, supporters of same-sex marriage and clergy shared their experiences.

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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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