January 5, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I'm marrying the middle of three brothers. We have been engaged for about a year now. Growing up, I never imagined myself getting married, much less having a big fancy wedding. My problem is that I don't want to get married in front of the family - I don't want a big day where I don't get to spend the whole day with my fiancé. I want something just between me, him, and the officiant. How can I explain this to the mother-in-law without making her feel like I'm giving the whole family the middle finger?
December 11, 2012 |
Pete Townshend was 28 in 1973 when The Who released Quadrophenia , the rock opera about a 1960s teenage Mod named Jimmy, whose fractured self reflected the personalities of all four members of the explosive British band. The windmilling Who guitarist, the most self-consciously analytic of the great baby-boom-era songwriters, had hardly reached the old age that eight years earlier, in "My Generation," he would have hoped he'd die before attaining. But when Townshend wrote Quadrophenia - which he performed Saturday in its entirety along with front man Roger Daltrey and eight other musicians at a sold-out Wells Fargo Center - he was nearly a decade removed from the torturous teenage subject matter he chronicled in the most highly ambitious song cycle of his career.
April 4, 2012 |
Question: How much am I obligated to my boyfriend to try to find treatment for medical problems that make it impossible for me to have children? I've been shuttled around to various doctors for the last year and a half. The invasive tests and doctor's fees are taking a huge toll on my emotional health and my pocketbook. My boyfriend wants me to keep trying everything and anything. What should I do? Answer: Stop for now, of course. "It's your body" is the last word, well, phrase, on this subject.
March 30, 2012 |
Free-form crooner Georgia Anne Muldrow is a practiced hand. The California native, specializing in spacey electronica, has been making records since 2006 under her own name, in collaboration with hip-hop artists Sa-Ra and J*DaVeY. She's also long partnered with rapper Dudley Perkins (a.k.a. Declaime) as G&D (they're also handsome life partners). With her new Stones Throw album Seeds, Muldrow makes her best artistic gesture, with bold, existential riffs on community (universal and personal)
October 14, 2011 |
Philadelphia Councilman Bill Green introduced a bill Thursday that would extend ethics rules to same-sex partners, but it was his partnership with an unlikely cosponsor - Mayor Nutter - that made the gesture notable. Green, son of a former mayor, is widely thought to covet Nutter's job and rarely wastes an opportunity to play the mayor's foil. But in a possible sign of detente between the two, Green introduced legislation on Nutter's behalf that would extend ethics rules to same-gender "life partners" of city workers.
June 3, 2009 |
A Texas company has settled for $250,000 a lawsuit brought by a Pennsylvania woman with AIDS who alleged that the firm broke its promise to pay her health-insurance premiums. The settlement check was received Monday and the plaintiff, identified as M. Smith in the lawsuit, will get the entire sum and use it to arrange for her own health insurance, said Ronda B. Goldfein, executive director of the nonprofit AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania. The settlement was reached last week, Goldfein said.
December 8, 2004
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court delivered an important, welcome statement Monday when it upheld a Philadelphia ordinance that extends benefits to the same-sex "life partners" of city employees. The unanimous ruling vindicates a principle that City Hall first put into writing in 1998 - that an employee's sexual orientation should not be a barrier to fair and equitable treatment by an employer. The decision entitles a partner who is in a committed relationship with a city employee to receive certain limited benefits, such as health care.
December 7, 2004 |
The city acted within its powers six years ago when it extended benefits to the same-sex "life partners" of its employees, the state Supreme Court ruled yesterday. The Supreme Court overturned a two-year-old Commonwealth Court decision that held that the city had overstepped its authority in the 1998 ordinance that awarded same-sex couples employee benefits. In 2002, Commonwealth Court ruled that the way the city went about awarding the benefits amounted to an effort to amend the state's marriage law, something that only the state government is legally permitted to do. In writing for the court, however, Justice Russell M. Nigro rejected Commonwealth Court's reasoning.
April 14, 2004 |
Philadelphia's benefits for same-sex partners represent an illegal city effort to redefine marriage, a lawyer seeking to overturn the law told the Pennsylvania Supreme Court yesterday. Dennis Abrams said City Council's landmark 1998 gay-rights laws overstepped Philadelphia's legal authority in creating life-partnership status. He called that status analogous to marriage. "The City of Philadelphia, I submit, doesn't have the right to do that," Abrams said. He argued that only the state has the right to define marriage.
October 26, 2002 |
Wearn D. and Margaret G. Heinz, both 85, partners in a landmark Juniata Park tavern as well as a marriage that lasted 60 years, died within hours of each other Tuesday. Mr. Heinz died at 6:45 a.m. of complications associated with kidney cancer at Doylestown Hospital. Seven hours later, Mrs. Heinz died of colon cancer at Green Leaf Nursing Home in Doylestown, where the couple had been residents. For more than 50 years, Mr. Heinz was associated with the Church, a neighborhood tavern in Juniata Park.