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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
Plattsburgh For Peace Message
Plattsburgh For Peace Message

Phelps Family Protest Sparks Tolerance, Dialogue In Plattsburgh

Locals in Plattsburgh have been bracing for months for the visit of Fred Phelps, a radical anti-gay activist from Topeka, Kansas. Phelps and his small group of followers targeted Plattsburgh churches over the weekend because the city's mayor, Dan Stewart, is openly gay. The Phelps family pickets regularly at the funerals of AIDs victims and - more recently - at the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the visit to Plattsburgh appears to have backfired for Phelps, sparking an enormous display of support for diversity and tolerance. As Brian Mann reports, local activist groups and churches hope their response will be used as a model in other communities.  Go to full article

Defining "Moral Values"

The pivotal role of so-called 'moral values' in the presidential election has sparked a national debate on what the term means. Over the weekend, Karl Rove, President Bush's senior political adviser, said on Fox News it gives the President a mandate to ban marriage of same-sex couples nationwide. Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean told a Dartmouth College crowd Sunday that Democrats must do a better job at "sticking to their own values" rather than becoming more conservative. David Sommerstein asked people at The Place restaurant in Ogdensburg what 'moral values' means to them and how those beliefs may affect future elections.  Go to full article
Dan Stewart
Dan Stewart

A "Log Cabin" View of the Convention

Plattsburgh Mayor Dan Stewart is among a minority of openly gay Republicans at the convention in New York. He wasn't in the hall for President Bush's acceptance speech because he says the Bush Administration doesn't represent the moderate wing of the Republican Party. Martha Foley talked with Stewart about his reactions to the convention and the direction his party is taking.  Go to full article

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