07/12/15 3:00pm
KARL GROSSMAN

KARL GROSSMAN

A lawsuit brought by an East End woman and decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 was a key forerunner of its landmark decision last month ruling same-sex marriage a constitutional right.

That ruling came as a “long-awaited bookend” to the earlier decision in United States v. Windsor, reported National Public Radio.

Windsor is Edith “Edie” Windsor. In her case the Supreme Court held that the federal Defense of Marriage Act’s interpretation of “marriage” and “spouse” to apply only to heterosexual unions was a violation of the Due Process Clause of our Constitution. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in both the Windsor case and the ruling making same-sex marriages legal in all 50 states. (more…)

07/03/15 4:30pm
JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO

JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO

As we celebrate Independence Day this weekend, we should recall those words near the beginning of the Declaration of Independence that changed the world.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

America witnessed a living example of those words that every school child is taught, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in a 5 to 4 decision, that people of the same gender are free to marry one another in all 50 states. (more…)

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06/09/14 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO

REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Not so fast
To the Editor:

PSEG presented a proposal to build a substation costing $12 million (see story “PSEG calls for Island substation,” May 29), choosing the town-owned parcel at the old highway barn site located on South Ferry Road. If the Town Board approves this substation, a favorable deal needs to be negotiated for Shelter Island because PSEG would make millions of  dollars of profit from this substation. Please don’t give away our pot of gold. (more…)