same-sex marriage

It was 14 years ago February 27 when then New Paltz Mayor Jason West married 25 same-sex couples. And though the marriages that day were not recognized, the village and its mayor were thrust into the national spotlight and debate on marriage equality. With same-sex marriage now legal in the U.S., local officials want to commemorate the 2004 date by adding something to this year’s local Pride March.

A New York appeals court has ruled against the owners of a wedding venue fined $13,000 for violating the state's anti-discrimination law after refusing to host a lesbian wedding.

Sean Philpott-Jones: A Question Of Conscience

Sep 10, 2015

On Tuesday, in front of a large crowd of supporters that included Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz, Kim Davis was released from federal custody.

Last week's Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage continues to be celebrated by some, derided by others. Either way, it is now the law of the land in all 50 states. According to some media reports, Daniel Alter is considered a possible choice to fill a vacancy on the New York Court of Appeals. If nominated and confirmed, he would become the first openly gay member of the Court of Appeals. Alter is a former general counsel at the New York State Department of Financial Services.

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New York legalized gay marriage four years ago. Now, as our Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports, state leaders are reacting with enthusiasm to today's Supreme Court ruling.

Empire State Pride Agenda

The Empire State Pride Agenda scored a major victory almost exactly four years ago when New York legalized same-sex marriage. This week, the group’s executive director Nathan Schaefer was again celebrating after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. He spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus shortly after the ruling came down Friday.

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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.

The Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court's ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage. The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, just as he did in the court's previous three major gay rights cases dating back to 1996.

5/18/15 Panel

May 18, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant and lobbyist, Libby Post, and essayist, author, editor and activist - Barbara Smith.

Scheduled topics include Key Iraqi City Falls To ISIS; Marco Rubio on Iraq; Jeb Bush on Same-Sex Marriage; Biker Gang Shooting; Boston Bomber Death Penalty.

4/28/15 Panel

Apr 28, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao, and Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain.

Scheduled topics include: Baltimore Violence; Nepal; SCOTUS on Same-Sex Marriage; Pope on Climate Change; Japan & US Cooperation.

3/18/15 Panel

Mar 18, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, essayist, author, editor and activist - Barbara Smith and Political Consultant, Libby Post.

Schedule topics today include Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wins election in Israel; Penn State frat suspended; Presbyterian Church approves same-sex marriage; US Budget; new findings in breast biopsies.

New York Congressman Chris Gibson is one of the more than 300 Republican lawmakers and operatives who has signed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court making a conservative case for same-sex marriage.

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.

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.

  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.

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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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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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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.

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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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.

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.

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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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.

Supreme Court hears same-sex marriage arguments

Mar 28, 2013
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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.

3/25/13 - Panel

Mar 25, 2013

  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

  The Supreme Court will rule on some major cases this year. In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that affirmative action and same-sex marriage are on the docket.

Famous church's bells to ring for same-sex couples

Jan 10, 2013
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington National Cathedral had been ready to embrace same-sex marriage for some time, though it took a series of recent events and a new leader for the prominent, 106-year-old church to announce Wednesday that it would begin hosting such nuptials.

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.

Rhode Island's governor has signed an executive order saying the state will recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The order signed by Governor Lincoln Chafee on Monday directs state agencies to afford same-sex married couples the same rights as heterosexual ones. Chafee says some same-sex couples married outside Rhode Island have been denied rights because state law isn't clear on the subject.

MA Group Lauds Obama for Same-Sex Marriage Stance

May 10, 2012

The group MassEquality is applauding President Barack Obama's declaration that he supports same-sex marriage.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

After refusing to take a clear stand for months, Obama made the announcement in an interview with ABC News at the White House on Wednesday.

Polling suggests the nation is evenly divided on the issue

MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini says Obama's evolution on the issue is not unlike the experience of many Americans who have come to understand why marriage is important to same-sex couples and their children.