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It is a basic civil rights battle... Same sex couples have the same right to marry.

Cuomo pushes for gay marriage, faces backlash

Governor Cuomo has been leading a push to legalize gay marriage in New York State, traveling to upstate cities to make speeches, and sending supporters to a major rally at the Capitol. As the pressure on lawmakers escalates, anti-gay marriage groups are stepping up their efforts as well, saying they want marriage to remain between a man and a woman.  Go to full article
This is not a Democratic or Republican issue. It is a question of New York going forward or backward.

Lt. Gov. says gay marriage among top issues

New York Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy told a major gay marriage rally at the State Capitol that his boss, Governor Andrew Cuomo, is with them all the way on the issue.  Go to full article
If the people are with you, the politicians will follow.

Cuomo will hit the road for his agenda

Governor Andrew Cuomo is poised to begin a statewide tour to rally New Yorkers to back his agenda, including a property tax cap and gay marriage. Karen Dewitt has this report from Albany.  Go to full article
This is a real sea change in the way we see human relations, and we absolutely have a religious obligation to respond to it.

Religious leaders make the case for gay marriage in Albany

Advocates for same sex marriage in New York got a boost from over 700 members of the clergy, as Governor Cuomo says he's optimistic that a bill can become law this year. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has more:  Go to full article
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro)
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro)

Assemblywoman Sayward: conservative Republican, unlikely gay rights activist

This week, New York's state Senate rejected a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. The North Country's three Senators, Darrel Aubertine, Betty Little and Joe Griffo all voted against the bill. The vote was a blow to gay rights activists. One of the most unlikely advocates for same-sex marriage is Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward. Sayward is a former dairy farmer who lives in Willsboro. She describes herself as a Roman Catholic and a conservative Republican. But after wrestling with homosexuality in her own family, Sayward has become a national spokeswoman for what she views as marriage equality. She has traveled to Florida and New Jersey to campaign for gay rights. Sayward spoke in depth with Brian Mann about her personal and political journey - and about this week's vote.  Go to full article

Could gay marriage scotch Scozzafava run for House seat?

Politicians are jockeying for position in the race to replace John McHugh. The North Country congressman has been appointed to serve as Secretary of the Army. As Brian Mann, reports, one issue shaping the race could be same-sex marriage.  Go to full article
Sister Jennifer Votraw (Source: Dioc. of Ogdensburg website)
Sister Jennifer Votraw (Source: Dioc. of Ogdensburg website)

For Roman Catholic leaders, same-sex marriage is a blow to marriage

A growing number of Americans see same-sex marriage as a civil right. But for the Roman Catholic Church, legalization of gay marriage represents another erosion of traditional marriage. In the eyes of the Church, the institution of marriage has already been battered by high divorce rates and by more children being born out of wedlock. Brian Mann spoke in-depth with Sister Jennifer Votraw. She's chancellor and director of communications for the Diocese of Ogdensburg.  Go to full article

Vermont legalizes same-gender marriage

Vermont has become the fourth state to legalize gay marriage. Lawmakers in the state Senate and House mustered two-thirds majorities to override Gov. Jim Douglas' veto yesterday. There was a chorus of cheers and whistles at the final vote, which capped a battle with echoes of the debate that led to Vermont's first-in-the-nation civil unions law nine years ago.

Beth Robinson, chairwoman of the Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force, says the vote shows that fairness, justice and love are more powerful than one man's veto pen. Supporters of same gender marriage outnumbered opponents yesterday, with a sea of yellow buttons visible in the gallery. A sign planted outside the Statehouse said "Let Love Win." Opponent Craig Bensen says his side was outspent. The President of the state Senate, Peter Shumlin, tells Jonathan Brown that Vermonters should be proud of the debate over this controversial issue.  Go to full article
Father George Nagle (Photo provided)
Father George Nagle (Photo provided)

Fresh Start on Faith & Politics: "God is working through people who disagree with us"

North Country Public Radio is airing a new series of interviews called "A Fresh Start." We've asked some of the country's most compelling thinkers to make recommendations for president-elect Barack Obama. One of the thorniest issues facing American society is religious faith. Our nation is a tapestry of different religions and different churches. Episcopal priest and activist George Nagle from Saranac Lake says he thinks religion can play a healthier role in our political debates. Father Nagle told Brian Mann that the faith community should urge Barack Obama to think about a different slate of top issues.  Go to full article

Albany surprised by Paterson memo on same sex marriage

State Lawmakers expressed surprise at the news that Governor David Paterson has quietly authorized state agencies to recognize same-sex marriage performed in other states and other countries. Meanwhile Paterson was trying to downplay the significance of the move. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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