A day after veteran NBA player Jason Collins made national headlines by becoming the first active male athlete in the four major sports to come out as gay, state lawmakers, gay rights advocates and labor and law enforcement officials participated in Empire State Pride Agenda's annual lobby day in Albany.
Although New Yorkers are becoming more accepting following the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2011, activists and advocates want to ensure that gay rights and gay pride stay in the media spotlight.
Sunday night, my wife and I attended a Persian Nowruz or New Year’s festival, with many friends. We celebrated the best and happiest of the traditions they had left behind, along with other Americans who had come to take part. While celebrating the rebirth of Spring, we were also celebrating freedom with friends who had become refugees, whose humanity and efforts to use their skills to help others had become unwelcome to Iranian authorities.
Today the Supreme Courts of the United States is hearing the first of two cases that may be the deciding factors in whether same sex marriage is declared legal across the country.
Today we want your take on the cases, today’s argument on California’s Proposition 8 law that banned gay marriage, and tomorrow’s case challenging the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.