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University Chapel to Perform Same-Sex Ceremonies

It took three years for approval, but the Gunnison Memorial Chapel at St. Lawrence University can now perform same-sex union ceremonies. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

Retired CME Bishop to Keynote Martin Luther King Day Service at SLU

Retired Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Bishop Richard Bass Sr. will be keynote speaker at St. Lawrence University's Martin Luther King Jr. Day service, this evening at 5 in Gunnison Memorial Chapel. The event begins a semester residency for Bishop Bass, who will also lead weekly progressive, multi-racial Christian worship services. David Sommerstein talks with Bishop Bass about the significance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Go to full article

SONDA Debate Draws Variety of Opponents

When the State Senate met to debate and pass the gay equal rights legislation last week, those for and against the measure showed up to lobby and demonstrate. Some of the most interesting debates took place away from the Senate floor, and between groups of people who come from very different cultures. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

State Senate Approves Anti-Gay Discrimination Bill

By a close vote, 34 to 26, the New York State Senate voted to grant equal rights for gays and lesbians in housing, employment and other areas, despite lobbying against the bill from the left and the right. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

State Senate Expected to Vote Soon On Landmark Gay Rights Bill

The New York State Senate will soon vote on a gay and lesbian rights bill that prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and other areas based on a person's sexual orientation. As Karen Dewitt reports, there is lobbying in Albany to kill or amend the bill from two distinctly different groups.  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

NOW Calls on Pataki to Address Human Rights Backlog

New York State's Comptroller, who is a candidate for Governor, has joined the President of the National Organization for Women to call on Governor Pataki to address a backlog of 9,000 cases at the state's Division of Human Rights. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Women in Islam

Martha Foley talks with the Reverend Cynthia Walton on women in Islam.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Push for Gender-Neutral Constitution

On today's New York ballot there's an amendment to make the State's constitution gender-neutral. A group of women lawmakers is pushing for people to vote "yes" on that proposal. Karen DeWitt reports.  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 spent this week in the North Country interviewing gay and lesbian couples... part of a statewide effort to push for same-sex unions in New York. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

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