May 23, 2010 |
If you happen to live or work in a dining wasteland, as I once did, it helps to pray to the food gods for an accidental restaurant row to appear. One day, you're eating drippy burritos and chicken Caesar salads from a lunch truck. Then - poof! - the next day you're slurping uni-topped oysters alongside sizzling stone bowls of bibimbap in a room of spa-like tranquillity. The recent arrival of Doma - and its tasty neighbors on the suddenly bustling dining strip of Callowhill Street - proves that such miraculous things can happen in an unlikely place.
September 16, 1996 |
I was 19 and a painfully sincere college sophomore that spring of 1972 when I confided that I'm gay to more dear friends than anyone ever has. My sister, 11 years older, said the news was easy to accept, having known me since before I was. But she didn't know how she'd react if her 3 1/2-year-old son were my age and saying the same thing. It's a reality most gays and lesbians live with: Even those who try their best to love us unconditionally may have places within them where they see us as children of a lesser god. So unlike some number of politically - and maybe even socially - naive gay and lesbian activists, I'm not surprised or freshly wounded by the Defense of Marriage Act (DoMA)
March 19, 2010 |
If you have three young children and a restaurant, you'd think your life was busy enough. But when Robert and Patti Moon, who have owned Shiroi Hana, in Center City, since 1995, sent the last toddler to Montessori school, they figured it was time to nurture another restaurant. Located on what is becoming a nice stretch of diverse eateries on Callowhill Street, Doma opened its doors about a month ago. This is a more casual venue than Shiroi Hana and offers an interesting menu of cold and hot appetizers that are perfect plates for sharing.
January 7, 2009 |
In 1996, as a freshman member of the House of Representatives, I wrote the Defense of Marriage Act, better known by its acronym, DOMA. The law has been a flash-point for those arguing for or against same-sex marriage ever since President Bill Clinton signed it into law. Even President-elect Barack Obama has grappled with its language, meaning and impact. I can sympathize with the incoming commander-in-chief. And, after long and careful consideration, I have come to agree with him that the law should be repealed.
February 25, 2011 |
People were shocked - shocked! - across the country on Wednesday, after the Obama administration announced that it had deemed the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. The administration's move reignited the long-simmering debate over whether the government should recognize gay marriages. Talk-show hosts have been irate. Some of your neighbors and co-workers have been arguing loudly. Perhaps some of your family members aren't on speaking terms any longer. And perhaps you've been feeling left out because you don't know what all the hullabaloo is about.
October 16, 2011 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Gays and lesbians are not entitled to the same heightened legal protection and scrutiny against discrimination as racial minorities and women in part because they are far from politically powerless and have ample ability to influence lawmakers, lawyers for a U.S. House group said in a federal court filing. The filing Friday in San Francisco's U.S. District Court comes in the case of a lesbian federal employee's lawsuit claiming the government wrongly denied health coverage to her same-sex spouse.
January 13, 2012 |
They met at a birthday party in 1990, were instantly smitten, and, after years of transatlantic romancing, got married in California in 2008. Today, they have four adopted children, ages 6 to 11, and a comfortable home in Harrisburg. But a sword of Damocles hangs over the couple, only one of whom is an American citizen. The other is French, and vulnerable to deportation. Under federal immigration law, married binational couples usually can fix this precarious situation with a family reunification petition, seeking a green card for the foreign-born spouse.
February 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is not extending some housing benefits to same-sex partners of service members even though it legally could because the complex issue requires more review and has triggered concerns among military leaders, senior Pentagon officials said Monday. A department memo detailed a number of other benefits that will be extended to same-sex partners, including identification cards that will provide access to commissaries and other services. But Pentagon officials said that while some housing payments and health benefits can't be included because of federal law, some access to base housing is not specifically prohibited and could be offered in the future.
June 27, 2013
"I believe the Supreme Court's ruling on DOMA was a critical step in strengthening equal rights for all. " - U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D. Pa.) "Every American should have equal rights under the law, including the legal right to marry who they love and are committed to. " - U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz (D., Pa.), who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor "The . . . ruling is now the law of the land. While the national debate over marriage will continue, it is appropriate that legally married same-sex couples receive equal treatment and benefits under the law. " - U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R., N.J.)
March 29, 2013 |
CAN NINE men and women in thick black robes jump onto a fast-moving train? That's the challenge facing the U.S. Supreme Court after two days of historic arguments this week on whether to remove some or possibly all of the barriers to same-sex marriage. Although the high court hearings echoed the history of the landmark rulings on civil rights for blacks and other minority groups in the 20th Century, there was a huge difference. Polls have shown a huge and rapid reversal in public opinion on gay marriage since the laws in question - the federal 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, and California's Proposition 8 from 2008 - were enacted.