May 4, 2015 |
The former Lebanon, Pa., Methodist minister who was defrocked for officiating at his gay son's wedding and later reinstated says the issue does not seem as contentious in Pennsylvania now that gay marriage is legal in the state. Frank Schaefer, who became a national symbol for church reform on the issue, returned to the state Saturday to host an inclusivity conference at a Montgomery County church. "When the legislation changes, it changes people and attitudes," Schaefer said. He said that since gay marriage became legal in Pennsylvania, he had not seen protests when he speaks here, as he had in the past.
April 24, 2015 |
Q:I've always allowed my kids' friends to stay over. That's just the way I was raised. My parents let me and my sisters have sleepovers for our birthdays. My middle daughter, who is 17, came out to us late last year. We are close, but I wasn't expecting this. Her dad and I told her we still loved her and accepted her. But here's why I'm writing. She wants her girlfriend, who's a college freshman, to stay over after her prom because they plan on going to the beach the next day. It will save her a trip.
March 30, 2015 |
Sherrie Cohen, daughter of the late City Councilman David Cohen, is expected to receive the support of the Democratic City Committee in her bid for an at-large council seat, committee chairman Bob Brady said Saturday. The decision, made at a meeting Saturday afternoon, could be a significant differentiator in a crowded field to replace Councilman at-large Jim Kenney, who resigned his seat to run for mayor. Beyond the four Democratic incumbents running for reelection, 14 other Democrats are competing for an at-large seat.
March 20, 2015 |
Q: Why is there so much homosexuality on TV lately? I don't like it. But I feel like I can't say anything, because then people will say I'm homophobic. I'm not. I believe in equal rights, but those two guys going at it on "Empire" the other night really upset me. I don't want to see that. Mia: It's 2015. Turn the channel if you don't like what you see. And don't dis "Empire. " That sex scene was smoking! Steve: I was shocked at how much sex was in "Fifty Shades of Grey.
March 17, 2015 |
When Denise L. Eger was ordained in 1988, one could not be openly gay and a Reform rabbi. "I was very quiet about it," said Eger, a native of Memphis, Tenn. "My fellow classmates [at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York] knew, and some of my professors, but I didn't wave the rainbow flag. " On Monday, Eger, 55, will become the third woman and first openly gay president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the rabbinical arm of the Reform Judaism movement, which is holding is 126th convention at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Center City.
March 16, 2015 |
RABBI DENISE L. EGER has a long list of firsts in her 27 years of service. Eger was the first female and openly gay president of the Southern California Board of Rabbis. She was the founding president of the Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Interfaith Clergy Association. She officiated at the first legal wedding in California for a lesbian couple. Another first will take place tomorrow morning at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel: Eger will be installed as the first openly gay president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the rabbinical arm of the Reform Judaism movement.
March 12, 2015 |
THE JURY sure didn't see any blurred lines. In Los Angeles, Marvin Gaye 's children were awarded nearly $7.4 million yesterday after a decision that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied their father's music to create "Blurred Lines," the biggest hit song of 2013. Gaye's daughter Nona Gaye wept as the verdict was being read and was hugged by her attorney, Richard Busch . "Right now, I feel free," Nona Gaye said after the verdict. "Free from . . . Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke's chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told.
February 13, 2015 |
A New Jersey judge has ruled that describing homosexuality as a mental disorder in selling conversion therapy services violates the state's consumer-fraud protection laws. The ruling is the first time a judge in the United States has found that as a matter of law, homosexuality is a normal variation of human sexuality and not a disease or disorder, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a prominent civil rights group whose lawsuit spurred the judge's order. "It's a tremendous moment in American law," said David Dinielli, the center's deputy legal counsel.
December 31, 2014
ISSUE | MEDICAL POT For the children The arbitrary classification of cannabis as a prohibited drug because it is habit-forming prevents children with ravaging diseases from pursuing the happiness promised by the nation's founders ("Desperate to get pot for ill kids," Dec 22). Isn't it more humane to exchange a child's suffering from dozens of seizures daily for a child almost seizure-free when the only price is having a marijuana habit? The public must demand the national legalization of medical marijuana.
December 18, 2014 |
A Philadelphia judge Tuesday ordered two men and a woman to stand trial on charges that they assaulted a gay couple in Center City in a case that stirred national attention. Philip Williams, 24, of Warminster; Kevin Harrigan, 26, of Warrington; and Kathryn Knott, 24, of Southampton, will face charges of aggravated assault, conspiracy, and related offenses after a preliminary hearing before Municipal Court Judge Charles Hayden. According to testimony by Zachary Hesse, 28, one of the victims, the confrontation began around 10:45 p.m. Sept.