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I've been bullied and teased to deep depression. I've been kicked when I'm down

Saranac Lake's anti-bullying campaign is only a start

It was a year ago last week that an incident of racially fueled bullying at the Saranac Lake Middle School made headlines and put school officials in the hot seat.

One year later, the school district has completed a series of diversity and anti-bullying programs, activities and training sessions for its students, staff, teachers, principals and school board.

The effort was designed to change the culture of the school district. As Chris Knight reports, however, school officials admit they still have much more work to do.  Go to full article
Gov Cuomo delivering his State of the State address.
Gov Cuomo delivering his State of the State address.

Cuomo in step with Dems on social issues

Much of the focus in the first two weeks of Governor Andrew Cuomo's term has been on the state's financial crisis, and the new governor's fiscally conservative prescriptions: a public employee wage freeze, spending cuts, a property tax cap.

Cuomo, a Democrat, is more in step with his party when it comes to social issues. Karen DeWitt explains.  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

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
Fred Phelps (Source:  WBC)
Fred Phelps (Source: WBC)

Radical Anti-Gay Group Targets Plattsburgh Mayor and Local Churches

A radical anti-gay group from Kansas plans to picket churches in Plattsburgh this weekend. The Reverend Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church have targeted Plattsburgh because the city's popular Republican Mayor, Dan Stewart, is an openly gay man. Stewart will host the Mayor's Cup celebration this 4th of July weekend. Phelps is an extremely controversial figure. His organization has begun picketing the funerals of soldiers who die in Iraq. A press release issued by his church says, "Thank God for improvised explosive devices killing Americans in strange lands." According to Phelps, the bloodshed in Iraq and Afghanistan are God's retribution for America's tolerance of gays. Brian Mann will be covering the story this weekend. He spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

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

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 made that legislation a top priority in is state of the state message. Karen DeWitt reports.  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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