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New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Photo: Comptroller's office
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Photo: Comptroller's office

NYS Comptroller tries to broaden rights for same-sex married couples

The state's comptroller is trying to use the power of the pension fund to increase equal rights for same sex married couples. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has written a letter to President Obama.  Go to full article
Rally in New York City celebrating the Supreme Court's decision on the Defense of Marriage Act. Photo: <a href="">Phil Davis NY</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Rally in New York City celebrating the Supreme Court's decision on the Defense of Marriage Act. Photo: Phil Davis NY, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo praises SCOTUS decisions on same-sex marriage

There have been large, daylong celebrations in Los Angeles and San Francisco by supporters of same-sex marriages over the last day. They're cheering a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that settles a five-year battle against California's ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling means gay couples can start picking up wedding licenses in about three weeks.

There was a similar celebration in New York City last night over a second ruling by the court that overturned a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kitty Lambert Rudd, a longtime Buffalo gay rights activist, was elated yesterday.

Lambert Rudd is President of OUTspoken for Equality. She and her partner were one of the first local couples to marry two years ago after New York State legalized same-sex marriage.  Go to full article

Sen. Roy McDonald to leave race after losing GOP Primary

The Republican State Senator who lost a primary after voting to legalize same-sex marriage is dropping out of the race. Senator Roy McDonald says he won't campaign on the Independence Party line in the general election and will instead back his former primary opponent.  Go to full article

Same-sex marriage supporters, opponents claim victory after primary

Both pro- and anti-gay marriage forces are claiming victory after a split primary result in two key Senate races. Meanwhile, Governor Cuomo says two pro-same sex marriage Republican Senators who survived primary challengers were targeted by "extremists" within the GOP.  Go to full article

Governor Andrew Cuomo praises Obama's support for same-sex marriage

Governor Cuomo, who won national praise and attention for championing the passage of same sex marriage in New York, calls President Obama's support of gay marriage a "major advancement for equal rights in this country."  Go to full article
We need to protect our statute against this unconstitutional federal law that really seeks to disempower New Yorkers

Attorney General Schneiderman joins case against Defense of Marriage Act

New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman says he's confident the state will win a lawsuit challenging the newly-signed same-sex marriage law. And he's taking steps to see same-sex marriage legalized throughout the country.  Go to full article

First same-sex marriages made in New York

Gay couples dressed in everything from tuxes and gowns, to T-shirts, as they said their vows and raised their marriage certificates in triumph yesterday. New York yesterday became the sixth and largest state to recognize same-sex weddings.

Hundred of couples began saying "I do" at midnight from Niagara Falls to New York City. Ceremonies continued throughout the day at municipal offices that opened for special weekend hours.  Go to full article
Bishop Terry LaValley
Bishop Terry LaValley

Catholic diocese rededicates to teaching "authentic" marriage

The Catholic Church leads opposition to New York's new law legalizing same sex marriage. In a statement over the weekend, Bishop Terry LaValley of the Diocese of Ogdensburg called the law "deeply disappointing and troubling."

The statement calls marriage between a man and a woman the only "authentic" marriage.

David Sommerstein spoke yesterday with Bishop LaValley about the new law and about his parishioners reaction to his statement.  Go to full article
Cuomo: I'm cautiously optimistic that there are going to be enough votes there.

Same sex couples to converge on Albany to witness marriage vote

Gay couples are planning to converge on Albany to witness what would be a historic vote to legalize gay marriage in New York.

A bill to legalize gay marriage wasn't considered Wednesday night. A spokesman for the Senate said a slew of more mundane but critical bills pushed consideration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's same-sex marriage bill to today at the earliest. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Will gay marriage be legalized in New York?
Will gay marriage be legalized in New York?

Ogdensburg shoppers weigh in on same sex marriage

This week, it's been all about same sex marriage in Albany. Supporters, led by Governor Cuomo, have been lobbying hard for a vote in the State Senate. Now they're one vote shy of passage.

According to a Siena College poll this week, 55% of New Yorkers support legalizing same sex marriage. Sarah Harris chatted with shoppers in Ogdensburg to get their opinions.  Go to full article

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