DOMA http://wamc.org en State Comptroller Tries To Broaden Rights For Same-Sex Married Couples http://wamc.org/post/state-comptroller-tries-broaden-rights-same-sex-married-couples <p>New York'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. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 22:06:00 +0000 Karen Dewitt 69765 at http://wamc.org State Comptroller Tries To Broaden Rights For Same-Sex Married Couples Sean Philpott: In Sickness and In Health http://wamc.org/post/sean-philpott-sickness-and-health <p>Just two weeks ago, the US Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which barred federal recognition of same-sex marriages even if they took place in one of the 13 states or in the federal district where such weddings are legal. In a 5–4 decision, the Court ruled that key sections of the Act were unconstitutional because they deprived same-sex couples of liberties protected by the Fifth Amendment.</p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:38:00 +0000 Sean Philpott 68972 at http://wamc.org 6/27/13 - Panel http://wamc.org/post/62713-panel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Today, Ray Graf and Joe Donahue speak with Commentator and activist Libby Post about yesterday's SCOTUS decisions on DOMA and Prop 8 and then, in the second half of the hour, we speak with Times Union reporter, Jimmy Vielkind, about the NY Legislative session.</p><p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 67990 at http://wamc.org New York Rep. Paul Tonko - Obama On Climate Change And SCOTUS On DOMA http://wamc.org/post/new-york-rep-paul-tonko-obama-climate-change-and-scotus-doma <p>In a speech being lauded by environmental activists, yesterday President Barack Obama announced several proposals to limit pollution that is contributing to climate change. The policies include the establishment of carbon pollution standards for power plants and increased funding for clean energy technology over the coming decades.</p><p>For reaction to the speech WAMC spoke with Representative Paul Tonko of New York’s 20th District. Before discussing climate change we asked Tonko for his reaction to today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling invalidating the federal Defense of Marriage Act.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:34:00 +0000 67924 at http://wamc.org New York Rep. Paul Tonko - Obama On Climate Change And SCOTUS On DOMA Reactions To DOMA Decision http://wamc.org/post/reactions-doma-decision <p>Today’s ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and overruled Prop 8 brought months of anticipation to a close.&nbsp; Brad Hays is an assistant Professor of Political Science at Union College - he says the "interesting ruling" was expected by people who had been watching the oral arguments closely.<br> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:27:05 +0000 Dave Lucas 67930 at http://wamc.org Reactions To DOMA Decision Rep. Neal: Court Rulings Catch Up To States http://wamc.org/post/rep-neal-court-rulings-catch-states <p>The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional in a narrow 5-4 vote that said the law violated the Fifth Amendment. Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal says he was happy with the decision.</p><p>“I think that we’ve all come to the conclusion that gay marriage does not represent any threat to any institution in America and I, incidentally, must say that I think that this is instructive in terms of American history: the states began the revolution. The court accepted the precedent that had been established by that states,” Neal said.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:12:45 +0000 Paul Tuthill 67916 at http://wamc.org Rep. Neal: Court Rulings Catch Up To States Lynn Faria, Empire State Pride Agenda - SCOTUS And Marriage Equality http://wamc.org/post/lynn-faria-empire-state-pride-agenda-scotus-and-marriage-equality <p>We've seen two historic rulings today from the U.S. Supreme Court concerning gay marriage - the striking down of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and a ruling clearing the way for same sex marriages to resume in California.</p><p>WAMC's Ray Graf spoke with Lynn Faria, deputy executive director with <a href="http://www.prideagenda.org/">Empire State Pride Agenda</a>, for reaction to the decisions.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:45:00 +0000 Ray Graf 67982 at http://wamc.org Lynn Faria, Empire State Pride Agenda - SCOTUS And Marriage Equality 6/26/13 - Panel http://wamc.org/post/62613-panel <p>Today's panelists are WAMC newsman, Ray Graf and Stephen Gottlieb, the Jay and Ruth Caplan Distinguished Professor at Albany Law School.</p><p>Topics:<br>SCOTUS - Voting Rights Act Decision<br>DOMA/Prop 8</p><p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 67890 at http://wamc.org Two rallies clash as Supreme Court debates same-sex marriage http://wamc.org/post/two-rallies-clash-supreme-court-debates-same-sex-marriage <p></p><p>The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in two cases dealing with same-sex marriage. People from around the country traveled to the nation’s capital to participate in opposing rallies.</p><p>The day started early on Tuesday in front of the Supreme Court for same-sex marriage advocates and opponents alike.</p> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 16:44:57 +0000 Eric Krupke 61036 at http://wamc.org Two rallies clash as Supreme Court debates same-sex marriage George Simpson - Empire State Pride Agenda http://wamc.org/post/george-simpson-empire-state-pride-agenda <p>Several lower courts have ruled against it, saying it is un-constitutional, but the nation’s highest court will take up a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, a law passed by congress in 1996 that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. New York is among a handful of states that have legalized same sex marriage, and the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court will be watched very closely in New York. George Simpson, spokesman for Empire State Pride Agenda, spoke about the issues under review by the court with WAMC’s Brian Shields.</p><p></p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 17:35:00 +0000 Brian Shields 53621 at http://wamc.org