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It’s no great revelation that we live in a highly polarized country, one where neighbors can see the world in starkly different terms. We Americans often rely on different sources of information, different leaders, different value systems, and...
Here’s the statement from Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro) “Today the New York State legislature became the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage. I am proud to have been a part of the movement to bring equality to all...
Just a little while after close of business today, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has finally announced Senate republicans are sending the same-sex marriage to the Senate floor for a vote. Here’s the text of his statement: “After...
At least not if you’re heterosexual. The current debate and political shenanigans going on in the NY State Senate once again misses the point. And, the Senate is addressing the issue behind closed doors. Shame on them. Here’s...
Albany is down to the wire this week on a wide range of issues and one of the biggest is same-sex marriage. The state Senate is one vote away from a deal that would make New York the sixth state in the country to approve gay marriage. This...
News stories tagged with "gay-marriage"
May 30, 2008 — 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
Jul 07, 2006 — New York's highest court ruled that marriage of same-sex couples is against state law. In a divided ruling, the Court of Appeals said it's up to the legislature to change the statute. The news came as a great disappointment to the 44 couples who challenged the law. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany. Go to full article
by Martha Foley
Jul 07, 2006 — Eileen Raymond lives in Canton. She and her partner, Donna Smith-Raymond, were among the first couples in St. Lawrence County to be married in Canada. She told David Sommerstein yesterday she was shocked by the court ruling upholding New York's marriage law. Go to full article
Jun 08, 2006 — The U.S. Senate again voted down the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage -- but the margin is narrowing. NCPR station manager Ellen Rocco shares her thoughts on how our times define our prejudices, and who holds them. Go to full article
Mar 30, 2006 — A poll released last week found that the public backlash over gay marriage has receded. In 2003, a controversial Massachusetts court decision to legalize same sex marriages stirred strong opposition. But the numbers out last week showed public opinion has softened. The poll by the Pew Research Center and the Associated Press found gay marriage remains a divisive issue, with 51 percent against. But almost two-thirds were opposed in February 2004. Strong opposition has dropped sharply, too, particularly among senior citizens and Republicans. On March 21, the New Hampshire House voted overwhelmingly against a proposed amendment to the state constitution to ban marriage between same-sex couples. Much of the opposition to gay marriage comes from conservative Christians. Commentator Paul Hetzler sees the issue through a Christian lens as well, but with a different perspective. Go to full article
Mar 29, 2004 — A Unitarian Universalist minister in Albany performed two same-sex marriages Saturday. The Reverend Sam Trumbore says today he'll take the paperwork he's drawn up to City Hall to request civil marriage licenses. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Mar 24, 2004 — Over the last year, three provincial courts in Canada have ruled that gays and lesbians are guaranteed the same marriage rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples. Prime Minister Paul Martin has endorsed a bill that would extend those rights to same-sex couples across the country. But Canada's government postponed a vote in Parliament last year by calling for a review of the issue by Canada's Supreme Court. As Brian Mann reports, the move has angered activists on both sides. But the tone of Canada's debate is still much more civil than in the U-S. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Mar 23, 2004 — On Friday, a court in Quebec cleared the way for same-sex marriages in the province. Same-sex marriages have been legal in Ontario and British Columbia since last summer. Canada has quickly become a haven for hundreds of gay and lesbian couples from the U.S. looking for a place where they can marry legally. Brian Mann spoke with Kay Brannigan, a professor of Africana and women's studies at SUNY Plattsburgh. Brannigan and her spouse, Mary Ellen, were married in Ottawa last week. The couple have two adopted daughters, ages 9 & 10. Go to full article
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Mar 08, 2004 — In recent weeks, Plattsburgh Mayor Dan Stewart has found himself in the middle of a national debate over gay marriage. Stewart is a Republican, but he's also gay and says same-sex marriages should be legal. He discussed the issue with NPR's Madeleine Brand and with Bruce Steel, editor of the gay magazine "The Advocate". Their conversation first aired Friday on NPR's program "Day To Day". Go to full article