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For a long time, opponents of same-sex marriage — and gay rights in general — have managed to put a friendly face on their efforts. With the exception of a few zany  whackos, like the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas, the message...
Ask anyone, even those deemed most popular, and there will be a memory of some incident proving a sad reality: kids can be cruel. Kids can also be kind, stunningly so. But, even well-intentioned people (of all ages) often feel pressured to mock...
The ruling Conservatives wasted little time trying to douse a firestorm of concern over the legality of same-sex marriages for foreign couples who married in Canada. According to this Globe and Mail article: All same sex marriages performed in...
The Globe and Mail is reporting that thousands of non-Canadian gay couples who flocked to Canada to get married, may not be legally wed after all. Why? Well, a federal government lawyer’s submission in a same-sex divorce case being heard in...
This Sunday is the first day same sex couples will be able to marry legally in New York State.  Some couples  are already preparing to get hitched and celebrate  just after midnight Sunday morning. New York’s famous I Love NY...

Sexual Identity and Rights
Aug 22, 2014 — As attitudes toward homosexuality shift in the U.S., many gay men say that's created not just more legal freedoms but also greater freedom to express their gender identities.
Aug 20, 2014 — Same-sex-marriage activists are working to win hearts and minds in the Deep South, where they've met the strongest resistance. One strategy is to host informal conversations.
Aug 20, 2014 — The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked an appeals court ruling that would have allowed gay marriages to begin in Virginia tomorrow.
Aug 7, 2014 — The outcome of the hearing could put more pressure on the Supreme Court to make a decision on states' same-sex marriage bans.
Jul 21, 2014 — President Obama has signed an executive order to ban bias against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees among federal contractors.
 

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Freedom to Marry Forum in Canton
Nearly 100 people gathered at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton for the "Freedom to Marry" forum in April 2004. St. Lawrence County gay and lesbian couples, supporters of same-sex marriage and clergy shared their experiences.

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Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network

PFLAG, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

The Prism, Gay & Lesbian Concerns Group of Northern New York

NYAC: National Youth Advocacy Coalition: Bridges Project

Same-sex marriage now the law, Cuomo says, even if some officials don't like it

Governor Cuomo says he "understands" the point of view of opponents of gay marriage who plan to protest during New York's first same sex marriages later this month. But he says public officials who refuse to okay the ceremonies are likely not going to be able to stay in their jobs.

Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

"The Bus" moves to off-Broadway

In 2006, Burlington writer James Lantz's first play, The Bus, was a surprise hit. The play, about two boys who pursue a forbidden relationship late at night in a church bus, drew crowds and glowing reviews. It's set in a small town and deals with gay teens, sexuality, religion and homophobia. An off-Broadway theater is giving Lantz an opportunity to present his play to big city audiences this fall.

James Lantz has written three other plays, including American Machine, which was a co-commissioned project of The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. As an award-winning filmmaker, he has produced, written and directed over 200 commercial films, videos and live events. Todd Moe spoke with him about The Bus and its off-Broadway debut in October.  Go to full article
Bishop Terry LaValley

Catholic diocese rededicates to teaching "authentic" marriage

The Catholic Church leads opposition to New York's new law legalizing same sex marriage. In a statement over the weekend, Bishop Terry LaValley of the Diocese of Ogdensburg called the law "deeply disappointing and troubling."

The statement calls marriage between a man and a woman the only "authentic" marriage.

David Sommerstein spoke yesterday with Bishop LaValley about the new law and about his parishioners reaction to his statement.  Go to full article

Governor signs same sex marriage bill into law

Governor Cuomo signed the bill allowing same-sex couples to marry in New York into law following a dramatic debate and vote on the Senate floor Friday night.

The...  Go to full article

Same sex couples to converge on Albany to witness marriage vote

Gay couples are planning to converge on Albany to witness what would be a historic vote to legalize gay marriage in New York.

A bill to legalize gay marriage...  Go to full article

Same sex marriage vote down in the queue

The state Senate may decide today whether to bring a bill legalizing same sex marriage to the floor for an up or down vote. Gov. Andrew Cuomoo continues to be optimistic...  Go to full article

Cuomo "cautiously optimistic" gay marriage will come to a vote

After days of delay as Republican senators met behind closed doors, Governor Cuomo said he's "cautiously optimistic" that a same-sex marriage bill will be voted on the floor...  Go to full article

As same-sex marriage supporters and opponents rally, no resolution in Senate

The halls of the Capitol echoed with shouting and singing Monday, as pro- and anti-same-sex marriage advocates rallied. Meanwhile, high level meetings between Governor Cuomo...  Go to full article
Will gay marriage be legalized in New York?

Ogdensburg shoppers weigh in on same sex marriage

This week, it's been all about same sex marriage in Albany. Supporters, led by Governor Cuomo, have been lobbying hard for a vote in the State Senate. Now they're one vote...  Go to full article

No movement on same-sex marriage--but time spent conferring as NYC rent laws expire

The State Senate is now just one vote short on gay marriage--but it has delayed for at least one more day a decision on whether to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. ...  Go to full article

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