NY Republican Assemblywoman Votes for Equality, Constituents Respond with Support

Last year, Representative Teresa R. Sayward, a three-term Republican from NY's North County voted in favor of ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage in New York. Proving fears of support for marriage are unwarranted, she received an "excellent reception" from her constituents who either agreed with her vote or respected her principled stand. Rep. Sayward's actions are an example of the simple courage needed to ensure the freedom to marry throughout our country.

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Constituents Back a Tough Stand

New York Times
May 12, 2008

Rep. Teresa R. Sayward, a Republican New York Assemblywoman discusses her vote in favor of the freedom to marry and how her largely Republican district rallied around her in support of her stance for equality: “We got an excellent reception.” (Link)

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Partners, in Pursuit of a Marriage License

New York Times
May 11, 2008

The New York couple who refused to leave Oyster Bay Town Hall at closing time after officials politely rebuffed the couple’s request for a marriage license discuss their act of civil disobedience which was intended to prompt discussion on the marriage equality bill sitting in the NY Senate. (Link)

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Court Decision Is Victory For Marriage Backers

New York Sun
May 7, 2008
Marriage equality advocates have won a partial victory in New York, as the state's highest court has left in place a lower court ruling that recognized a lesbian couple as being married. (Link)

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County at crossroads over benefits lawsuit

Democrat and Chronicle
May 7, 2008

New York state's highest court refused to hear an appeal for a case in which a lower appellate court ruled in favor of recognizing an out-of-state marriage by a same-sex couple. (Link)

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New Yorkers push for marriage bill in legislature

Star Gazette
April 30, 2008

More than 2,000 people gathered at the NY Capitol to urge the legislature to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. (Link)

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Oyster Bay gay couple denied marriage license

Newsday
April 29, 2008

A couple is denied a marriage license while surrounded by allies, an act meant to prompt movement of the marriage bill in the NY Senate: "We are law-abiding citizens," said Pinello, a government professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. "We pay our taxes. We have no other choice left." (Link)

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Two Men in Oyster Bay to Apply for Marriage License

Newsday
April 27, 2008

NY couple plans an act of civil disobedience to call attention to the marriage equality bill awaiting action in the NY Senate. (Link)

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Outspoken for Equality

Artvoice-Buffalo
April 24, 2008

Residents head to Albany to fight for ending the exclusion of lesbian and gay couples from marriage. (Link)

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NY Court Strikes Down Gay Pension Ruling

365Gay.com
March 31, 2008
A New York appeals court has vacated the ruling of a lower court that a gay man was not entitled to spousal health insurance benefits even though he and his spouse were lawfully married in Canada. [Link]

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