Defense of Marriage Act en DiNapoli calls for changes to federal government rules for same sex couples <p>Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is trying to use the power of the pension fund to increase equal rights for same sex married couples, and has written a letter to President Obama.<p>DiNapoli is asking Obama to add a “place of celebration” clause to federal government rules and regulations that define benefits for married couples. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:05:52 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41495 at Rally celebrates Supreme Court's decision to throw out DOMA <p></p><p>Dozen of marriage equality supporters gathered Wednesday evening to react to the Supreme Court’s decision that the nearly two decade old Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, is unconstitutional.</p><p>Speeches inside a steamy First English Lutheran Church in Syracuse mixed between celebration and rally cries to continue pushing for equality.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:17:50 +0000 Ryan Delaney 40177 at Rally celebrates Supreme Court's decision to throw out DOMA A.G. Schneiderman reacts to DOMA decision <p>New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called today's Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, a home run.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:51:17 +0000 Ellen Abbott 40174 at Same-sex military couples “elated” by news of some spousal benefits, say full equality is needed <p>Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced yesterday that in line with the repeal of the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy, some spousal benefits will be given to same-sex service members and their partners. The federal law known as the Defense of Marriage Act still prohibits many of the major spousal benefits, like housing and health care, from being extended to same-sex couples. But Panetta's announcement still had advocates for gay service members cheering. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:21:15 +0000 Joanna Richards 33212 at