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The Economic Trickle-Up of Gay Marriage

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Beginning on July 24, New York will be the sixth and largest state in which same-sex couples can marry. This historic event will have impacts beyond the issue of civil rights — gay couples will see changes in benefits, insurance coverage, and taxes. If trickle-down economics is about the impact of economic policy on the individual, then this segment is about the trickle-up economics of gay marriage — how the decisions that people make, couple by couple, will affect insurance, taxes, businesses, state revenues, and economic policy.

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This Week's Agenda: Dodd-Frank Anniversary, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Launches, and Gay Marriage in New York

Monday, July 18, 2011

This week marks the one-year anniversary of President Obama signing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Bill into law. A key component of that bill was the establishment of a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which will open its doors on Thursday. Yesterday, Obama announced Elizabeth Warren — the progressive icon who was charged with setting up the CFPB — will not be heading the new agency. In other news, the first legal same-sex marriages will take place in New York next weekend, and the nation's biggest banks will release their latest quarterly earnings statements.

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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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Invoking States' Rights

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Federalism arguments are often opportunistic. It really depends, often, on what the issue is.

— Constitutional scholar and professor at the University of Texas School of Law, Sanford Levinson, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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WNYC News

New Jersey Continues Fight to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Same-sex couples in New Jersey are fighting for equal recognition in their state less than a week after New York legalized same-sex marriage. Lambda Legal has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the group Garden State Equality and seven couples who say civil unions are separate, but not equal.

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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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Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes Senate, 33-29

Friday, June 24, 2011

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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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The Cost of the Extra Days of Deliberations in Albany

Friday, June 24, 2011

When the New York State legislature passed the budget by their March 31 deadline, Governor Andrew Cuomo said it was an achievement.

"Tonight the Legislature not only passed an on-time budget, but a historic and transformational budget for the people of the state of New York," Governor Cuomo said. "It was an invaluable public service for the state government to 'function' so well at this difficult time."

On Wednesday, as lawmakers blew past the scheduled day of session on June 20 with major pieces of legislation still pending, Cuomo took a different tack on Albany's speed.

"If it takes a little bit more time, it takes a little bit more time," the governor told reporters. "I would much rather get it right than rush it."

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Listeners Respond: Obama's Cautious Gay Marriage Stance

Friday, June 24, 2011

People don’t have to get a marriage visa every time they cross the George Washington bridge. Unfortunately, though, there has been a gay exception carved into the way our country treats marriage.

Evan Wolfsen, president of Freedom to Marry, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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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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Will Cuomo Go Three for Three on Legislative Priorities?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

With the Tuesday announcement of a bipartisan compromise on property tax cap legislation, Governor Andrew Cuomo looks to be on the way to securing two out of three of his big-ticket priorities for the legislative session.

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WNYC News

For Wedding Planners, Same-Sex Marriage Could Be a Boon to Business

Monday, June 20, 2011

As politicians in Albany wrangle over same-sex marriage, those in the business of nuptials are bracing a boom.

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Assemblyman Jeffries on the Albany Finals

Monday, June 20, 2011

If we are going to permit marriage equality for same sex couples, it seems to me somewhat problematic if we're then going to turn around and impose restrictions on the ability for those same sex married couples to raise children looking for a loving home.

— New York State Assemblyman representing central Brooklyn Hakeem Jeffries (D-57) on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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WNYC News

Supporters of Same-Sex Marriage Keep Hope Alive After Bill Stalls

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Dozens of supporters of same-sex marriage rallied at the LGBT Community Center, in the West Village, this weekend in hopes that legislation — which stalled in Albany  — will be passed this week.

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Dramatic Week for Same-Sex Marriage Ends in Stalemate Over Bill

Friday, June 17, 2011

A vote in the state Senate on gay marriage is not expected until next week, as Republicans, who hold the majority in that house, wrangle with concerns over greater protections for religious organizations.

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GOP Positions on Gay Marriage Expose Ideological Confusion

Friday, June 17, 2011

One of the very few issues that is shifting somewhat quickly is gay marriage. If trends continue, we'll have a supermajority of the American people supporting gay marriage in the next decade or two. But while the public is moving in that direction, the Republican party is getting even more extreme. Not only are they against gay marriage, a position that just recently became the minority, but a growing number of them are for pushing for an amendment to the constitution to define marriage as being between a man and a woman.

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WNYC News

After a Surge of Momentum, Same-Sex Marriage Bill Stalls

Thursday, June 16, 2011

As the week draws to a close, advocates and legislators on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate say they are uncertain when — or if — the bill that had built so much momentum on Monday will actually come up for a vote in the state Senate by June 20, the end of the legislative session.

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Gay Marriage by the New York Numbers

Monday, June 13, 2011

All of a sudden it looks like Albany might actually pass a gay marriage bill, maybe. Ever wondered how many same sex couples lived in the state, or how many out-of-state couples would feed New York's economy if they got married here? Maybe you're just curious how much a wedding costs in the Big Apple (hint: it's cheaper to elope). Whatever happens in the legislature this week, here's a look at gay marriage by the numbers.

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The Takeaway

Why Are Americans Changing Their Mind on Gay Marriage?

Monday, June 06, 2011

Since 1996, Gallup has been polling Americans about gay marriage. In the past, the majority of their respondents were opposed to it being legally recognized. But last month, for the first time, the majority of respondents said they were in favor of gay marriage being legalized. Why are Americans changing their minds?

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