same-sex marriage

Hudson Valley News
7:59 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Member Of First Same-Sex Couple Married In New Paltz Reflects 10 Years Later

Credit Courtesy of Billiam van Roestenberg

It has been 10 years since the first same-sex marriage ceremonies were performed in Ulster County’s New Paltz. New York would not legalize same-sex marriages for another seven years. Yesterday on Midday Magazine, we heard an archival report from February 2004 on the first day of gay weddings. Today, one member of the first same-sex couple married that day reflects. Billiam van Roestenberg spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about then and now.

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Hudson Valley News
4:47 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

New Paltz To Mark 10th Anniversary Of Same-Sex Marriage Ceremonies

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There is a public forum tonight to mark the 10th anniversary of same-sex marriage ceremonies in New Paltz, marriages New York State did not recognize.

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New England News
6:22 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Stockbridge Reverend Delivers Prayer At State Of The Commonwealth

Rev. Brent Damrow listens to MA Gov. Deval Patrick's State of the Commonwealth address.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

A reverend from Stockbridge, Massachusetts played a prominent role in Governor Deval Patrick’s final State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday night in Boston.

“And today in Massachusetts, you can marry whomever you love,” said Patrick.

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New England News
4:31 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

AG: Mass. Will Recognize Utah Same-Sex Marriages

MA Attn. Gen. Martha Coakley

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts will recognize same-sex marriages that were performed in Utah before they were put on hold by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Attorney General Martha Coakley's office said on Thursday that it believes marriages in Utah were validly performed and should be recognized in Massachusetts, the first state in the nation to legalize gay marriage.

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New York News
12:35 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Same-Sex Couple Vs. Wedding Venue

Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings signs documents for a same-sex couple during midnight hour marriages July 2011 at City Hall.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In 2011, New York became the sixth and largest state to sanction same-sex unions. Hailed at the time as a landmark moment for gay rights, the power of that law is being tested today.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

State Comptroller Tries To Broaden Rights For Same-Sex Married Couples

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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.

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New England News
1:12 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Rep. Neal: Court Rulings Catch Up To States

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.

“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.

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12:44 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

Two rallies clash as Supreme Court debates same-sex marriage

Proponents and opponents of same-sex marriage clash outside of the Supreme Court.
Credit Eric Krupke

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.

The day started early on Tuesday in front of the Supreme Court for same-sex marriage advocates and opponents alike.

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8:13 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Supreme Court hears same-sex marriage arguments

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WAMC news intern Eric Krupke reports from Washington D.C. on the same-sex marriage debate taking place in the Supreme Court.

Hundreds gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court to show their support for Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in a case challenging the federal government's Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.

Nine states and the District of Columbia currently recognize same sex marriage, but DOMA prohibits same sex couples in these states from receiving certain benefits federal government grants to opposite sex married couples.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

3/25/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Morning Edition host David Guistina, WAMC Newsman Ray Graf, WAMC News Director, Ian Pickus, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao. Joe Donahue moderates.

Today's topics include:
The High Court and same-sex marriage
Karl Rove says GOP candidate “could” back gay marriage
Bloomberg, NRA Brace for Senate Showdown on Guns
Washington Post Defends Not Running Article On Iraq Media Failure
NCAA – Road to Sweet 16