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In the Wake of Same Sex Marriage Approval: The Loss of Domestic Partnership Benefits?

Thursday, June 30, 2011

To have same sex marriage now be the way in which we cut off those rights for domestic partners seems to me to be a bad outcome, rather than seeing marriage as something among a menu of ways in which one can have their relationship legally recognized.

Katherine Franke, Professor of law and Director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Invoking States' Rights

Thursday, June 30, 2011

President Obama invoked states' rights in his response to whether same sex marriage should be federally protected. Constitutional scholar and professor at the University of Texas School of Law, Sanford Levinson, will discuss the history of federal vs. states' rights. 

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WNYC News

New Jersey Groups File Suit on Behalf of Marriage Equality

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Two civil rights groups in New Jersey are trying to keep the momentum going, following the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York last week.

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Explainer: How to Get Gay Married

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Are you in love? Do you also have $40? Congratulations! You can get married, and it no longer matters whether you and your partner are the same sex. Here's how.

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The Takeaway

Wedding Planners Anticipate Boom with Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage

Monday, June 27, 2011

Now that New York has become the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage, thousands of gay and lesbian couples will have the chance to say their "I Dos" in the Empire State. And with that announcement, wedding planners around the city are predicting a big boom in business.

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WNYC News

Saying 'I Do' Is Easy -- Figuring Out Same-Sex Taxes Is Complicated

Monday, June 27, 2011

Since New York's legislature voted to make gay marriage legal, accountants say they've been inundated with calls from same sex couples asking for for advice. While there are benefits to tying the knot, those considering it should also consider the drawbacks.

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Opinion: California Could Take a Page from New York's Gay Marriage Playbook

Monday, June 27, 2011

Perhaps the action of our leaders in New York, where our legislators and governor have demonstrated the courage of their convictions will serve as an example for California and the rest of the nation that has yet to step into the 21st Century.

-Jami Floyd, comparing the gay marriage legislative battles in California and New York.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

America’s Ideas about Family

Monday, June 27, 2011

Brian Powell talks about how Americans’ definitions of family are changing and what that means for public policy. Counted Out: Same-sex Relations and Americans' Definitions of Family broadens the scope of previous studies of how Americans view their own families to examine the way Americans characterize the concept of family in general. Although such issues as same-sex marriage and gay adoption remain at the center of a cultural divide, Counted Out demonstrates that American definitions of family are becoming more expansive, not less.

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WNYC News

Christie Says He Wouldn't Sign Same Sex Marriage Bill

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Same-sex marriage became legal in New York on Friday, when the New York State Senate passed same-sex marriage legislation and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed it into law. But supporters shouldn't expect New Jersey to follow suit. That was Governor Chris Christie's message during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

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Slideshows

Look | New York City's 2011 Pride March

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The atmosphere was jubilant and celebratory at Sunday's Pride March following Friday's vote by the New York State Senate to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Opponents of Same Sex Marriage Plan Their Next Moves

Saturday, June 25, 2011

WNYC

While the West Village erupted in celebration on Friday evening, not everyone was happy abut the passage of the Marriage Equality Act.

The Catholic Bishops of New York issued a joint statement on Friday condemning the vote, saying they were "deeply disappointed and troubled" by the passage of a bill that will "alter radically and forever humanity’s historic understanding of marriage."

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WNYC News

LOOK | West Village Erupts in Celebrations as Gay Marriage Passes

Saturday, June 25, 2011

On Friday evening as New York became the sixth state to approve same-sex marriage, hundreds gathered outside of the historic Stonewall Inn to celebrate the passage of the Marriage Equality bill.

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Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes Senate, 33-29

Friday, June 24, 2011

BBC

On Friday evening New York became the sixth state to approve same-sex marriage — an historic victory for gay rights advocates and bitter defeat for the bill's opponents that came during an overtime legislative session in Albany.

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WNYC News

Senate Sends Same-Sex Marriage Bill to Floor Vote

Friday, June 24, 2011

The New York Senate has sent the same-sex marriage bill to the floor for a vote after days of closed-door meetings in legislative overtime.

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WNYC News

Snapshot | Same-Sex Wedding Window Display in Union Square

Friday, June 24, 2011

A same-sex marriage display appears in the window of the Levis Store on 14th Street near Union Square.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Obama and Gay Marriage

Friday, June 24, 2011

President Obama held an LGBT fundraiser last night, but stopped short of endorsing gay marriage. Evan Wolfsen, president of Freedom to Marry, discusses the President’s approach to the issue.

LGBT listeners: What do you think? Is this President a strong enough advocate for gay rights and gay marriage? Let us know!

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The Takeaway

At Gay Rights Event, Attendees Listen for Obama's 'Evolving' Gay Marriage Position

Friday, June 24, 2011

Barack Obama, as a senator then presidential candidate and now as president, has struggled with his political position when it comes to supporting same-sex marriage. As a candidate for State Senate in Illinois, Obama filled out a questionnaire and wrote, "I favor legalizing same-sex marriages." (White House officials have said he was really referring to civil unions.)

In 2004 when he ran for the U.S. Senate, Obama said he would fight for equality for gay couples, but not for gay marriage. And on the presidential campaign trail in 2008, the candidate told Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren that, "marriage is the union between a man and a woman." Since becoming president, Obama has had a strong track record on supporting LGBT issues and has said that his position on gay marriage is "evolving." Last night in New York City, speaking at the “Gala with the Gay Community,” gay leaders were listening to see if the president would come any closer to endorsing gay marriage. 

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At LGBT Gala, Obama Rankles Some Donors with Cautious Stance on Marriage

Thursday, June 23, 2011

President Barack Obama was met with standing ovations and jeers at a Manhattan fundraiser geared toward LGBT supporters. He emphasized his belief in equality for gay couples, but stopped short of endorsing gay marriage.

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Obama to Rally LGBT Supporters While Hedging on Gay Marriage

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

President Barack Obama is holding a LGBT fundraising gala for gay and supporters in New York City Thursday night at a pivotal moment for the same-sex marriage bill in New York.

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What Other States Tell Us About the Fight After Legalized Gay Marriage

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

New York is on the verge of becoming the sixth state to legalize gay marriage — and the third to do so through legislation rather than litigation. But that's just one battle for pro-gay activists. In every other state to pass same-sex marriage, legalization has put opponents back on offense in courts and statehouses, with mixed results.

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