April 8, 2012 |
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Lawyers for a lesbian couple told Maryland's highest court that the state routinely grants divorces for couples who married in other states, and same-sex divorces should be no different. The case the judges heard Friday involves two women who married in California, but were denied a divorce in 2010 by a Maryland judge. The judge said the women's marriage was not valid under Maryland law, so he would not grant a divorce. Maryland does not currently allow same-sex weddings, but lawyers for the women told the seven-member court that it would be unprecedented for the state not to recognize gay marriages performed elsewhere and, therefore, to deny gay couples divorces.
February 15, 2012 |
KATIE MacTurk and Megan Edwards got the best Valentine's Day gift they could have asked for yesterday. Vindication. St. Joseph's University's alumni association announced that the lesbian couple were the winners of its controversial "How I Met My Hawkmate" Facebook contest, based on the number of "likes" their entry received. Their victory came after the university initially removed their entry from the webpage, only to reverse its decision last week amid a hail of protest.
February 2, 2012 |
With Center City's "Gayborhood" and such community institutions as the Giovanni's Room bookstore, Philadelphia Gay News and the Equality Forum that annually draws tens of thousands to issue-events affecting sexual minorities, some might feel crimes based on sexual orientation are part of the past. Helen "Nellie" Fitzpatrick says otherwise. "It hasn't been my whole lifetime that it's been OK to be gay," said Fitzpatrick, 31, a prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office named last month as liaison to the city's LGBT - lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender - community.
November 15, 2011 |
BARBARA GRIER, a path-breaking publisher who challenged mainstream prejudices to make literature by and about lesbians widely available in the United States and abroad, has died. She was 78. Grier, a founder of Naiad Press, died of lung cancer Thursday in Tallahassee, Fla., said her longtime partner, Donna McBride. Grier and McBride launched Naiad Press in 1973 with a $2,000 loan and built it into a $1-million business. By the time it folded in 2003, it had published more than 500 titles by authors such as Rita Mae Brown, Katherine V. Forrest, Jane Rule and Sheila Ortiz Taylor.
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.
September 20, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act has long banned discrimination in employment and housing on the basis of gender, race, religion, and disability. Not covered, however, is sexual orientation or gender identity. State Rep. Dan Frankel (D., Allegheny) has waged a nearly decade-long fight to change that through legislation that would add gay, lesbian, and transgendered Pennsylvanians to the protected categories. Speaking at a House Democratic Policy hearing Monday, Frankel noted that 21 states, including New Jersey and Delaware, along with dozens of municipalities and the 27 Fortune 500 companies located in Pennsylvania, have such policies in place.
September 17, 2011 |
SOME BURGLARS are stealthy. They'll pick a lock, swipe the diamonds you rarely wear, and leave no evidence behind. You might not notice what's missing for weeks or months. And then there's Britney Singleton and Harley Gifford, the 19-year-old lesbian lovers who Upper Darby police say ransacked more than two dozen houses this summer, stealing everything from flat-screen TVs to facial creams - and turning back only when, the women insist, a lion greeted them inside one of the homes.
August 31, 2011
RE columnist Ronnie Polaneczky's "Store Dresses Down Bride for Being a Lesbian" : How can anyone make such a staunch claim of identity based upon something as precarious, if not frivolous, as the human sexual appetite? Worse yet, why should anyone support those who have estranged themselves from the rest of humanity? That's right. I said "estranged. " If that weren't the case, then why do gays use the term "straight allies"? Moreover, if gays see us as enemies, why don't they just fight to win our minds by engaging in intelligent dialogue about what makes a person gay?