February 19, 2004 |
In one arena, the "marriage movement" attempts to introduce legislation to support the institution; in another, President Bush promises $1.5 billion to encourage marriage among poor people with children; and in another, these same groups oppose the marriage of same-sex couples. In Pennsylvania, Republican U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum supports a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages. What is the argument against same-sex marriage? Do we really believe that it will destroy the sanctity of marriage?
March 26, 1997 |
BRENTWOOD, N.Y. TWA divers lauded As investigators continued to push for answers in the crash of TWA Flight 800, they paused yesterday to honor 'the true heroes," the divers who risked their lives to pull up bodies and wreckage from the jagged underwater graveyard. FBI Assistant Director James Kallstrom, who is leading the criminal probe into the disaster, was misty-eyed while paying tribute to the underwater heroes he said were as dedicated as soldiers in World War II. "If you read about the great battles in our military history, many of the same elements are present here in the diving expedition," Kallstrom said.
May 25, 1993 |
Same-sex marriages have long been considered a societal taboo. To some, they represent a threat to the nuclear family; to others, same-sex marriages are just plain frightening - an unknown they do not understand and cannot comprehend. Some religions oppose same-sex marriages. On May 16, the Archbishop of Philadelphia had a letter read in every Roman Catholic church at every Sunday Mass, calling same-sex marriage blasphemous. The letter was in response to a bill before City Council that would allow "domestic partnerships" between lesbians or gay men, a form of legalized marriage.
August 21, 1991 |
Two days after their marriage, Angela Harms and Brian Storm were sorting through the usual after-effects of a wedding: gifts to pack, soggy ice chests to empty, relatives to entertain, calls from TV talk shows to return. "We've got Phil Donahue, Sally Jessy Raphael, Maury Povich, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America," said Storm, sitting on his mother-in-law's sofa, one arm draped over the shoulders of his bride. "Oh, yeah, and Channel 9 in New York. " Harms, 21, and Storm, 20, have become the biggest celebrities of the moment in the Poconos, thrust into the limelight by a local preacher's refusal to marry them.
January 3, 2004
Saddam-lotto! Everyone is talking about a world tribunal to take care of Saddam, and how much money it cost to get rid of him. Why don't they have a lottery? We could auction him off to the highest bidder, then the money could be used to help rebuild Iraq. After the trial is over then we could wack him, and bury him in a toxic waste site in Iraq. Look at what Italy did to Mussolini and his mistress, they buried them in unmarked pauper's graves in Milan in 1945. Just a suggestion, don't get mad, get even.
August 3, 2009 |
Gladys Kinard Hernblad, 79, of Northern Liberties, an educator, author, and advocate for interracial understanding, died of heart failure July 27 at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Mrs. Hernblad grew up in Saluda, S.C. Encouraged by her mother, Sadie, she walked six miles each way to high school, and after graduation moved to Philadelphia in search of better educational and employment opportunities. She met Robert Hernblad at a gathering for young adults at a fellowship house in North Philadelphia.
June 12, 1992 |
William Peters had been married for 12 years before his wife saw the world of his childhood: the clay basketball court, the mule plow, the cruel cotton fields and the dirt roads that meandered through the sweet air of Madison, Ga. Peters had wanted to take her to his home town much earlier. But he was black. She was white. And in Georgia in the 1960s, their marriage was a felony. He remembered the words of his mother: "You can't bring the girl home. The state won't allow it. " So Peters - who realized while lying bleeding in Vietnam that he might die there for freedoms he didn't have back home - lived the early years of his marriage in exile at Fort Dix, N.J. Many others across the country were in exile, too. Twenty-five years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws in 16 states that made interracial marriage a crime.
January 21, 2009 |
THE WORLD changed in 28 seconds yesterday. The epicenter of that change was atop the steps of the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, where Barack Obama took the oath of office as America's 44th president - becoming the first black man to lead a 232-year-old nation with racial unrest embedded in its very DNA. But the raw force of the moment seemed to send tremors across Washington's National Mall as American flags rippled like red, white and blue...