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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

Commentatary: a First Civil Union Anniversary

Commentator Eileen Raymond commemorates the first anniversary of her civil union ceremony in Vermont, with her partner, Donna, and wonders when New York will follow.  Go to full article

Love Makes a Family

A critically acclaimed photo exhibit of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their children goes on display this afternoon at the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Canton. Called "Love Makes a Family", the exhibit of photos allows family members to speak candidly about their lives, relationships and the way they deal with the pressures of homophobia. Photos and text from more than 20 families are included in the exhibit, which was first shown last weekend in the Hosmer Gallery on the SUNY Potsdam campus. It's sponsored by a number of local groups that support so-called nontraditional families - PFLAG - Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays, Northern New York Families, PRISM, and the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Canton. Todd Moe caught up with the Reverend Anne Marsh, co-minister at the UU Church in Canton, yesterday afternoon, just as volunteers finished putting up the "Love Makes a Family" display.  Go to full article

Heuvelton Central School Fights Anti-Gay Behavior

Heuvelton Central School added sexual orientation to its discrimination policies this month. It's one of a handful of districts in the region sending a clear message that anti-gay behavior won't be tolerated. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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