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State Senator Darrel Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent)
State Senator Darrel Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent)

Supporters push, but Aubertine stands firm against same-sex marriage

Groups on both sides of the same sex marriage debate are lobbying hard in Albany. All eyes are on a handful of state senators whose vote could make the difference on the Marriage Equality Act already passed by the Assembly. State Democratic Party chairwoman June O'Neill says the bill "is very much in play" and could be brought to a vote before Albany recesses for summer. The New York Daily News Daily Politics blog reported yesterday that Senate Majority leader Malcolm Smith is counting heads and may be close to having enough votes to pass the bill. One head he's not counting on is that of North Country Senator Darrel Aubertine. The Democrat from Cape Vincent is against same-sex marriage, but has been quiet on the issue lately. Yesterday, he spoke with David Sommerstein, who reports some of Aubertine's biggest supporters in St. Lawrence County are trying to change his mind.  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

Same-sex marriage: eroding an honored tradition, or a win for civil rights?

Same-sex marriage has emerged as one of the most complicated and challenging debates of our time. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

More North Country Republicans say same-sex marriage is a civil right

Lawmakers here in the North Country could provide swing votes that make or break New York's same-sex marriage bill. North Country Public Radio spent the last week talking in depth with every member of our region's Albany delegation. A growing number of the region's politicians, Republicans as well as Democrats, see gay marriage as a civil right. But as Brian Mann reports, opposition from three key state Senators could doom the measure.  Go to full article
David and Nancy Currier
David and Nancy Currier

StoryCorps: Cars and love

The StoryCorps mobilebooth spent nearly a month here in the North Country this summer. During its time in Saranac Lake and Glens Falls dozens of people got to share their stories by interviewing each other. Nancy Currier and her husband David visited the booth in Glens Falls a couple of weeks ago to talk about the unusual way that they met.  Go to full article
NYS Conservative Party chairman Michael Long
NYS Conservative Party chairman Michael Long

NY opponents of same-sex marriage promise fight for "traditional" values

Despite this week's decisions in New York and California, supporters of same-sex marriage still face a lot of opposition. A Gallup poll conducted earlier this month found that 56% of Americans oppose granting marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples. 40% support the idea. Republican leaders in New York haven't said yet whether they'll fight Governor Paterson's decision. But the state's Conservative Party issued a statement describing the move as misguided and undemocratic. Brian Mann spoke with the party's top official, Michael Long. Long says this decision will trigger a statewide battle over the definition of marriage.  Go to full article

Assembly approves same-sex marriage bill

The New York State Assembly for the first time has passed a same-sex marriage bill, by a vote of 81 to 65. It won't be acted on in the Senate this year. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Spitzer promises legislation on same-sex marriage

Governor Eliot Spitzer says he will introduce a bill to legalize gay marriage before the end of the legislative session. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Bruno Attacks Spitzer for Failure to Stop Gay Marriages

State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno says he disagrees with Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's decision not to seek an injunction against gay marriages performed by the Mayor of New Paltz. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Unlikely to Consider Gay Marriage

The Massachusetts Supreme Court has forced State lawmakers there to contend with the issue of gay marriage. In New York State there is not much momentum for any changes in the near future. But some predict the courts could decide the matter in New York, as they have in Massachusetts.  Go to full article

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