Empire State Pride Agenda

Albany Law School

The Supreme Court’s decision today that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States is a landmark ruling, according to Albany Law School Professor Stephen Clark. The 5-4 decision brings to a close more than 20 years of lawsuits and protests over same-sex marriage. Clark, who was in Washington for the ruling and earlier filed an amicus brief to the court on the issue, spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.


This week the White House announced opposition to so-called "conversion therapy." The disclosure coincides with the 20th annual Northeast LGBT College Conference set for tonight at the University at Albany.

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.

WAMC's Ray Graf spoke with Lynn Faria, deputy executive director with Empire State Pride Agenda, for reaction to the decisions.

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.