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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...

Sexual Identity and Rights
Jul 21, 2014 — In 1972, Madeline Davis argued for the Democratic party to embrace gay rights. In this encore broadcast, Davis remembers her historic speech and the evolution of the gay rights movement.
Jul 18, 2014 — The ruling of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver mirrors the same court's decision regarding a gay-marriage ban in Utah. It has been stayed, pending likely appeal.
Jul 7, 2014 — The state could elect the nation's first openly gay governor this fall. But Mike Michaud only recently came out, and some question whether he deserves the backing of Maine's largest gay rights group.
Jun 27, 2014 — Patrick Haggerty didn't know he was gay, but suspects that his father did when he told him not to hide his identity. Haggerty was 15, and his dad told him to be proud of himself.
Jun 26, 2014 — A federal appeals court in Denver struck down Utah's ban on gay marriage. It's the first appeals court decision in the nation to date, and paves the way for a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the issue.
 

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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.

Related Links

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network

PFLAG, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

The Prism, Gay & Lesbian Concerns Group of Northern New York

NYAC: National Youth Advocacy Coalition: Bridges Project

NY Senate to Vote on Landmark Gay Rights Bill

The state Senate will take up a landmark gay rights bill when it meets in special session later this month. The promise of the chamber's consideration of the Sexual Orientation Non Discrimination Act (SONDA) won Governor Pataki a re-election endorsement from the state's leading gay rights organization. Martha Foley talks with Empire State Pride Agenda's Executive Director Matt Foreman, about the legislation.  Go to full article

Transgendered People Want to be Included in SONDA

The New York Senate is set next month to pass a bill that would give gays and lesbians equal rights in employment, housing and other areas. Now, transgendered groups say the bill should be amended to include them, as well. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Gay and Lesbian Leaders To Seek Support from State Senators to Pass SONDA

Gay and lesbian leaders in New York say they'll begin seeking support from states senators to pass a gay and lesbian equal rights law now that the state Senate leader has said he'll bring the bill to the Senate floor. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Gay Rights Bill Delayed

A gay rights group is blaming Gov. Pataki for the state legislature's failure to pass a bill prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Karen DeWitt...  Go to full article

Ontario Won't Appeal Court Ruling on Gay Marriage

The province of Ontario likely won't appeal a precedent-setting court ruling on same-sex marriages. Provincial Attorney General David Young, commenting on the ruling for the...  Go to full article

People: Alexei Boulokhov, Our Man in Cannes

A St. Lawrence University student begins his summer travels with an internship at the Cannes Film Festival. Alexei Boulokhov, who was born in Russia, also plans to spend the...  Go to full article

GLBT Students Observe "Day of Silence"

More than 60 students at SUNY Potsdam use a Day of Silence to speak out against harassment and discrimination against gays and lesbians. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

Gay Rights Advocates Hopeful for NYS Senate Anti-discrimination Bill

Gay rights advocates say 2002 presents the best chance ever for passage of a non-discrimination act in the Republican led New York State Senate. Now that Governor Pataki has...  Go to full article

Seeking Civil Union Legislation in New York

Could New York follow Vermont's lead in allowing same-sex civil unions? We'll find out during a chat with Jennifer Middleton, a lawyer for LAMBDA Legal Defense Fund. She's...  Go to full article

Census Shows Increase in Rural Same-sex Couple Households

The 2000 census shows that there are more gay and lesbian couples than ever before living in rural areas. In New York, the number of same-sex couples living in small towns...  Go to full article

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