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LGBT Obama Backers: Fundraising Reaction 'Astonishing'

Thursday, May 10, 2012

President Obama's supporters in New York's gay community are already registering their appreciation for his new stance on gay marriage. Campaign officials are telling supporters privately they've already noticed an uptick in giving and offers to host new fundraising events.

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Opinion: Obama's Gay Marriage Stance Melted Away my Cynicism, if Only for a Day

Thursday, May 10, 2012

While we political junkies forget this, there are still many Americans who respect elected leaders and who will be moved by this announcement to evolve as well. There are people around the country for whom the "about time" quality of this shift will be a source of relief, affirmation and hope.

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The Takeaway

Mixed Political Impact of President's Supports of Same-Sex Marriage

Thursday, May 10, 2012

President Obama’s public declaration of his support for same-sex marriage in an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts yesterday, could have a polarizing effect this campaign season, invigorating some voters and potentially alienating others. Gay campaign political activists and campaign donors are among those with a strong reaction to the news. The Takeaway spoke to one top Obama bundler, Dana Perelman, who said he was "exhilarated" by the President’s announcement. From the other end of the gay community came a slightly different reaction. R. Clarke Cooper, Executive Director of Log Cabin Republicans called the timing of the president's announcement "callous."

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President Obama: 'Same Sex Couples Should Be Able to Get Married'

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

President Barack Obama has changed his position and now unequivocally supports the legalization of same-sex marriage. 

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Explainer: Why 60 percent of NC Voters Didn't Understand Amendment One

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

On Tuesday voters in North Carolina voted in huge numbers to ban same-sex marriage. And yet, 60 percent don't fully understand what the legislation they voted on actually does.

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WNYC News

Same-Sex Newlyweds Discover Taxes Are a Headache

Monday, April 09, 2012

Thousands of gay and lesbian couples have wed since New York made same-sex marriage legal last summer. But for these newlyweds, the not-so-fun part has now come: filing taxes just became a lot more arduous.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NJ Senate Pres. Sweeney on Gay Marriage

Friday, February 10, 2012

Stephen Sweeney, New Jersey Senate President, discusses Monday's vote on the same sex marriage bill in the senate.

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New Jersey News

NJ Sen. Sweeney Says Gay Marriage Will Pass, Expects Christie to Veto

Friday, February 10, 2012

Despite a veto threat from Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney says the legislature is poised to pass a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the Garden State.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How the Ninth Circuit Decided to Overturn Prop 8

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, Dahlia Lithwicksenior editor at Slate, discussed the court ruling on the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 and what might happen next.

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Explainer: Where the States Stand on Gay Marriage

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

California's Proposition 8, a law banning same-sex marriage in the state, has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal appeals panel. Meanwhile, a bill to allow same-sex marriage in Washington state has passed the State Senate and is on its way to the House.

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New Jersey News

Newark Mayor Cory Booker 'Patently Disagrees' With NJ Governor Chris Christie on Same-Sex Marriage Referendum

Thursday, January 26, 2012

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker told WNYC that he “patently disagrees” with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s call for a voter referendum this November on whether to legalize gay marriage in the state.

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The Takeaway

The Date's Set for a Gay Wedding in 'Archie'

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Kevin Keller, the first gay character in the history of the Archie comics, was introduced to Riverdale and the world in April of last year. Kevin quickly became one of the most popular characters in the comic's 72-year history, starring in his own miniseries over the summer. And now he's getting married. The January issue of Life of Archie will feature the marriage between Kevin and Clay Walker, a doctor he meets while recovering in a military hospital’s physical rehabilitation unit.

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WNYC News

Judge OKs Challenge to NY's Same-Sex Marriage Law

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Opponents of New York's same-sex marriage law say they're "grateful" that a state Supreme Court judge in the Finger Lakes region of the state has allowed their challenge to the law to go forward. 

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A Guide to 2012 Issues on 2011 State Ballots

Thursday, November 03, 2011

It's a bit of a sleeper election this November, with just two states electing governors, but there are a number of major political victories up for grabs lower down on the ballot. In Ohio and Mississippi in particular, voters will weigh in directly on issues that could frame debate — and decisively shape turnout — for the presidential elections come 2012. 

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WNYC News

Photo Essay | Wedding Album: Same-Sex Nuptials in the Bronx

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples across the five boroughs took the plunge Sunday, becoming the first people to take advantage of the state's new law, allowing same-sex marriage. We spent time with a few pairs of newlyweds in the Bronx.

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WNYC News

'This Affirms Our Lives': After 13 Years of Marriage, A Same-Sex Couple Is Legally Wed

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Longtime couple Erika Karp and her wife, Sari Kessler, were among the first same-sex couples to be wed on Sunday as hundreds lined up outside the Manhattan clerk's office to get their marriage license on the first day gay marriage became legal in New York.

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WNYC News

Same-Sex Couples Line Up for Sunday Weddings

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Hundreds of same-sex couples signed up to be married in New York on Sunday — the first day gay marriage is legal in the state. And none of the 823 couples who entered a lottery to get married on Sunday will be turned away, city officials said.

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Cuomo: Clerks Against Same-Sex Marriage "Don't Get to Pick and Choose"

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo has made clear that clerks who do not wish to perform same-sex marriages should find other work. This Sunday, when same-sex couples statewide line up for the first day, clerks will perform the service that they were elected to do.

"You don't get to say, 'I like this law and I'll enforce this law, or I don't like this law and I won't enforce this law'—you can't do that.” Cuomo stated. “If you can't enforce the law, then you shouldn't be in that position."

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WNYC News

Many Same-Sex Couples Avoid Gay Marriages Over Legal, Personal Concerns

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Thousands of same-sex couples in New York State will be diving into wedding preparations in the months to come, but amid the historic celebrations there will also be another group: same-sex couples who are choosing not to get married. For them, there are plenty of good reasons – legal, financial and personal – they won't ever say "I do."

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WNYC News

City to Hold Lottery for First Day of Same-Sex Weddings

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

New York City will hold a lottery for couples who want to get married on Sunday — the first day same-sex marriage will be legal, the mayor said Tuesday.

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