September 19, 2013 |
A GAY PHILADELPHIA police officer claims he was harassed and transferred to an unwanted overnight shift after a supervisor discovered his sexual orientation, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday in Common Pleas Court. Officer N. Melville Jones, 44, said Daniel Castro, then a police captain, began to harass him in 2009 after Jones declined a job that Castro offered him. Jones didn't want the position because Castro had a tainted "reputation and history . . . of pressuring subordinates to doctor incident reports," according to the lawsuit.
September 19, 2013 |
PENNSYLVANIA could be the third state to ban anti-gay conversion therapy for minors if Philly lawmakers get their way. State Rep. Brian Sims and state Sen. Anthony Williams, city Democrats, appeared at an LGBT youth center yesterday to outline their plans to introduce a bill outlawing the practice of using therapy to turn gay kids into heterosexuals. Williams has already introduced a similar bill in the state Senate. Sims, the state's first openly gay legislator, plans to propose the bill with Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne.
September 14, 2013 |
Commonwealth Court on Thursday ordered Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes to "cease and desist from issuing marriage licenses" to gay and lesbian couples. President Judge Dan Pellegrini avoided the major controversial issues - the constitutionality of the state's same-sex marriage ban, the status of couples who have already married, and the state attorney general's refusal to defend the ban - and ruled narrowly that Hanes lacked the authority to ignore state law and must immediately stop.
September 13, 2013 |
A little past noon every day, Mike McMonagle checks the Commonwealth Court website, hoping for a ruling on same-sex marriage. It has been a week since oral arguments in the Montgomery County case, when President Judge Dan Pellegrini promised, "I will issue a decision as soon as I can. " Pellegrini didn't give a timetable for a ruling, and his chambers said Wednesday that he had no plans to. But with each passing day, McMonagle gets a...
September 8, 2013 |
Less than a week after announcing that he would not officiate at a same-sex wedding, the mayor of New Hope - one of the state's gay-friendliest towns - has sent a letter to Gov. Corbett expressing his support for same-sex marriage. "As a fellow Republican," Larry Keller wrote, "I am writing to share my views on same-sex marriage in a time where I fear the laws of our state are out of touch with what is right and just. " Keller, who is up for reelection in the Bucks County borough, was embroiled in controversy last week after news broke that he had declined to officiate at a wedding for a same-sex couple who had obtained a marriage license in Montgomery County.
August 31, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett on Thursday said his attorneys used "an inappropriate analogy" in the latest legal brief in a high-profile same-sex marriage case. Corbett was referring to a brief his office's attorneys filed Wednesday in a lawsuit seeking to halt Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In those legal papers, the attorneys argue that "had the clerk issued marriage licenses to 12-year-olds in violation of state law, would anyone seriously contend that each 12-year-old . . . is entitled to a hearing on the validity of his 'license'?"
August 21, 2013 |
Gov. Christie signed a law Monday banning gay conversion therapy for children, making New Jersey the second state to outlaw the controversial practice that seeks to make gay people heterosexual. The bill, which passed the Legislature in June, bans licensed counselors from engaging in "sexual orientation change efforts," including "efforts to change behaviors, gender identity, or gender expressions, or to reduce or eliminate sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward a person of the same gender.
August 12, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania received three reminders last week of how far the state has moved toward changing its laws on gay rights and same-sex marriage - and of how strong opposition to such change remains. The tension between those poles in state politics played out at Montgomery County's offices, where the 103d marriage license to a same-sex couple was issued Friday, and in the Capitol, where, even as some legislators called for outlawing antigay bias in the workplace, a central Pennsylvania lawmaker laid out his case in strong language for preserving the ban on gay marriage.
August 7, 2013 |
Ask Rich Rubin, producing artistic director of Quince Productions' GayFest 2013, why his theatrical extravaganza is a must-attend for audiences both LGBT and straight, and he'll tell you: He's out to upend gay theater's standard themes. "What I love about the plays in this festival is that they aren't your usual dramas about coming out to your parents or why gay people have it so hard," Rubin says. "These things are, obviously, important, but we've seen them before. " So: Have Philly audiences seen a play featuring a Long Island Jewish mother and her leather-clad doctor/slave son, as they will during playwright Paul Rudnick's The New Century (Aug.
August 5, 2013 |
With separate acts defying Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage, Attorney General Kathleen Kane and Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes have pushed the contentious cultural issue to the forefront of state politics. The two Democrats are forcing Gov. Corbett to defend the ban amid growing public support for gay matrimony, handing their party a weapon with which to try to define the governor and other Republicans as intolerant and out of touch heading into the 2014 election.