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Eileen Raymond and Donna Williamson, Canton, display their Vermont Civil Union certificate
Nearly 100 people gathered at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton for the "Freedom to Marry" forum in April 2004. St. Lawrence County gay and lesbian couples, supporters of same-sex marriage and clergy shared their experiences. Email this story to a friend!

Listen to RealAudio Anne Marsh, (3:47) co-minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton, moderated the discussion.

Listen to RealAudio Eileen Raymond and Donna Williamson, (5:15) of Canton, on their Civil Union ceremony in Vermont in 2000.

Listen to RealAudio Gary Berk and Bryan Thompson, (4:19) of DeKalb, have been together almost 20 years and share their farm with two adopted children.

Listen to RealAudio Alex and Carol Neubert, (5:06) of Canton, tell of their youngest daughter Martha and her partner Lisa.

Listen to RealAudio Noam Pollischer, (4:00) a Clarkson University student, on "coming out" to his family and his hopes for the future.

Listen to RealAudio Rabbi Michael Greenwald, (3:44) a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at St. Lawrence University, says entire religious bodies in the U.S. support same-sex marriage.

Listen to RealAudio Alan Spector and Jon-Paul Bingham, (8:55) a bi-national Potsdam couple, speaking about their wedding ceremony conducted under the auspices of Reform Judaism, and immigration challenges.

Listen to RealAudio Ross Levi, (21:49) director of public policy and governmental affairs for Empire State Pride Agenda, with a legal and political overview of the issue.