Episcopal Church allows same-sex marriage in NY diocese

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) | The Episcopal Church on Jan. 11 cleared the way for same-sex marriages in an upstate New York diocese where they had been barred by a bishop who claimed the church had been “hijacked by the “Gay Rights Agenda.”

The Rev. William Love now faces possible disciplinary action for his November directive barring same-sex marriages in the Albany-based diocese.

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Cuomo vows New York will lead nation with progressive agenda

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NEW YORK (AP) | Sounding like the presidential candidate he insists he is not, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unleashed an energetic attack against President Donald Trump’s policies Jan. 1, pledging New York will lead the nation forward with the most progressive agenda in state history.

The Democrat began 2019 and his third term with the inaugural address on Ellis Island, saying  “America’s only threat is from within.”

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Gay Mexican couple marries in NYC, makes history

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A same-sex couple from Mexico made history on Nov. 26 when they married in New York.

Mexican Consul General Diego Gómez Pickering officiated the wedding of Daniel Berezowsky and Jaime Chávez Alor that took place at Gómez’s official residence on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Berezowsky and Chávez are the first same-sex couple from Mexico who were legally married outside the country to be recognized as married by the Mexican government.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: John Bartholomew and Robert Pica

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John Bartholomew first met Rob Pica more than 30 years ago.

“In March of 1982, I had just moved to New York City from Chicago after having recently broken up with my partner at the time,” says Bartholomew, who hails from Jamestown, N.Y. “My colleague Russell happened to be dating someone who worked with Rob.

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Rejected by family, gay athlete thankful for other support

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) | After 19-year-old Emily Scheck’s mother discovered she was a lesbian, the college student said, she lost the support of her parents, financial and otherwise; gained the support of thousands of others; and nearly had to choose between the generosity of strangers and her college running career.

Heading into the holiday season, she said she has learned something.

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Episcopal bishop, William Love, bans gay unions on his turf

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) | An Episcopal bishop in Albany, New York, has issued a directive banning same-sex marriages in his diocese, saying the church has been “hijacked by the Gay Rights Agenda.”

The Rev. William Love says in a pastoral letter that Scripture describes same-sex relationships as “sinful.” He also says that “Satan is having a heyday bringing division into the church.”

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Police: Man stole LGBT flags from church

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SAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) | Police in Long Island say a 21-year-old man stole a number of LGBT pride flags from a local church.

Suffolk County Police say Ronald Tyler Witt, of Sayville, faces hate crime charges and was expected in court Wednesday. Police say Witt first stole a flag from the front of Sayville Congregational United Church of Christ on July 29.

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High Fidelity: Meet the Parents

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Can we have a really serious conversation? Like, for real for real?

I am scared.

I am nervous.

I actually have no words.

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Episcopal Church confronts past role in sexual exploitation

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NEW YORK (AP) | With striking displays of candor, the Episcopal Church is acknowledging the potency of the #MeToo movement by officially lamenting its past role in sexual exploitation and pledging steps to combat it.

The Protestant denomination’s national convention this summer included an emotional session at which first-person accounts of abuse by clergy and other church personnel were read aloud by bishops of the same gender as the victims — six men, six women. Dioceses nationwide are now seeking to gather and share similar stories from victims in their local church communities.

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LGBT History Project: Mattachine Society members were early crusaders for queer rights

By : John McDonald, SPECIAL TO WATERMARK FROM THE LGBT HISTORY PROJECT
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ABOVE: Harry Hay (upper left) with members of the Mattachine Society in 1951. (Wikimedia)

Lost in the celebrations of this year’s Pride was the death of a historical crusader for LGBT rights. The passing of Dick Leitsch was a reminder of the role secret societies played in mid-20th century America.

Leitsch, who died June 22, led the New York chapter of the Mattachine Society. The West Coast based society ceased operations around 1973, but a memorial to Mattachine Society continues to this day in New York City. On Friday morning, Daniel answered the telephone at Julius NYC to confirm the once-a-month Mattachine party.

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Biography of playwright, activist Larry Kramer in the works

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NEW YORK (AP) | The first biography of playwright and gay activist Larry Kramer will be written with the full support of the subject himself.

Bill Goldstein has been tapped to write the authorized biography by Henry Holt and Company. The book, not yet titled, will draw on interviews with Kramer; his husband, David Webster; friends and foes; as well as papers in Kramer’s archives at Yale University. Goldstein will have complete editorial freedom.

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Police: 2 men injured in anti-gay beating

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NEW YORK (AP) | New York City police are searching for a man they say injured two other men in an anti-gay attack in Brooklyn.

WABC-TV reports the attack happened early September 23 in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg section. Authorities say the suspect made anti-gay comments as he approached the men. Police say the suspect punched one man in the face and threw the other victim into a tree.

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