same-sex marriage

New York News
12:43 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Empire State Pride Agenda's Schaefer Optimistic About Supreme Court Ruling

Nathan Schaefer is executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda.
Credit Empire State Pride Agenda

Some 36 states have legalized same-sex marriage, including all of the Northeast. News late Friday that the Supreme Court will rule this term on gay marriage means it could soon be legal in all 50. Nathan Schaefer is executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda. He tells WAMC’s Ian Pickus that he expects the court to follow in New York’s footsteps — little more than a decade after Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.

US News
3:45 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Supreme Court To Rule On Gay Marriage

The Supreme Court says it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution. The justices said Friday they will review an appellate ruling that upheld bans on same-sex unions in four states.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Congressional Corner With Brad Hays

  The new year could mean some major Supreme Court actions.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that same-sex marriage is due for a landmark decision.

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

Credit NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

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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