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January 8, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
IN AN ATTEMPT to turn up the heat on Gov. Corbett, three local Democratic state senators used a news conference yesterday to tout legislation for same-sex marriage, thus courting Democratic voters in advance of the May primary. State Sens. Larry Farnese, Michael Stack and Daylin Leach gathered in City Hall to push for the passage of two bills - one that would legalize gay marriage and another to create special protections for members of the LGBT community seeking housing and employment opportunities.
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January 26, 2012 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
At some point during Tuesday's marathon marriage-equality hearing in Trenton, I had a revelation. This entire show is about me! But stardom is not an unalloyed joy, particularly when total strangers make assumptions about who you are, how you ought to live, and whom you should love. Or if you exist at all. A same-sex marriage opponent cited celebrities such as Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon, and Sinead O'Connor as evidence of the supposedly malleable and possibly ephemeral nature of gay identity.
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February 26, 2012 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
A few weeks ago, on the eve of the New Jersey Legislature's commendable leap out of the dark ages, a pollster rang up Diane Marini at her rented house in Collingswood. "I'm calling from Garden State Equality," the man said excitedly before popping the question. "Are you in favor of gay marriage?" Diane, 59, didn't know whether to laugh, sob, or slam down the phone in disgust. So she did all three at once, confusing chihuahuas Norton and Winkie, four-legged stand-ins for the lost love of her life.
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January 25, 2012 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. - Opening a new front in the battle over same-sex marriage, Gov. Christie called Tuesday for the issue to be put to voters in November as a proposed amendment to the state constitution. The Republican governor's proposal, which would need three-fifths approval in the Legislature to be implemented, could for the first time in U.S. history ask voters to legalize same-sex marriage via a ballot question. Christie's announcement came at an unusually timed news conference after a town-hall meeting in central New Jersey just as Democrats in Trenton held the first hearing on their new marriage-equality bill.
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April 13, 2016 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
THERE WAS no parking anywhere near East Palmer Street in Fishtown on a recent Sunday afternoon. No easy way to cut through the crowd at Interstate Drafthouse, either. The bar was packed with people hyped to meet Braddock, Pa., Mayor John Fetterman, the tattooed, biker-looking U.S. Senate candidate who's made a big splash as much for his size as his politics. I like his politics, but I wasn't there for the big guy. I was there for the woman who's been by his side on this crazy ride that's attracted national attention, even if he is a distant third in the polls.
NEWS
April 24, 2012
1967. That was the year, barely half a lifetime ago, when the Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision in Loving v. Virginia, ruling that laws against interracial marriage unconstitutionally violated one of the "basic civil rights of man. " That such legislation, so archaic, so baldly contrary to the founding principles of our nation, was the law of the land in so many states until so recently is remarkable. When it comes to the right of gay and lesbian couples to be married, that similar discriminatory legislation is still the law of the land in so many states is tragic.
NEWS
April 22, 2013
DURING HIS 2012 campaign for re-election, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey was mysteriously absent from the headlines - so much so that Ed Rendell said he was running a "noncampaign. " Now, after cruising to victory, Casey seems to be all over the news. In December, the Democrat sacrificed his NRA-approved standing to rally behind new gun laws. And earlier this month, he announced that he is jumping the fence to support same-sex marriage. Daily News reporter Sean Collins Walsh sat down with Casey last week in his Washington office (the same one John F. Kennedy occupied during his brief Senate career)
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September 27, 2012 | From Staff and Wire Reports
NEWARK, N.J. - The Newark archbishop is urging more than one million Roman Catholics in North Jersey - especially Catholic politicians - to defend marriage against those he says would "deconstruct or radically alter its meaning. " In a pastoral statement Tuesday, Archbishop John Myers said equating same-sex marriage to marriage as "it has traditionally been understood" damages the institutions of marriage and family. He says redefining marriage would "enshrine in law a nonoptimal way to raise children as equivalent to that which is best.
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February 14, 2016 | Ryan T. Anderson
Ryan T. AndersonĀ is the author of "Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom" Love is in the air this Valentine's Day. But that doesn't mean that marriage and family are flourishing. A mistaken understanding of romantic love - the Hallmark and Hollywood version - has, unfortunately, undermined key aspects of committed marital love, and the consequences have been dire. Fifty years ago, Daniel Patrick Moynihan issued his famous report on the black family.
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April 13, 2016 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
THERE WAS no parking anywhere near East Palmer Street in Fishtown on a recent Sunday afternoon. No easy way to cut through the crowd at Interstate Drafthouse, either. The bar was packed with people hyped to meet Braddock, Pa., Mayor John Fetterman, the tattooed, biker-looking U.S. Senate candidate who's made a big splash as much for his size as his politics. I like his politics, but I wasn't there for the big guy. I was there for the woman who's been by his side on this crazy ride that's attracted national attention, even if he is a distant third in the polls.
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February 14, 2016 | Ryan T. Anderson
Ryan T. AndersonĀ is the author of "Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom" Love is in the air this Valentine's Day. But that doesn't mean that marriage and family are flourishing. A mistaken understanding of romantic love - the Hallmark and Hollywood version - has, unfortunately, undermined key aspects of committed marital love, and the consequences have been dire. Fifty years ago, Daniel Patrick Moynihan issued his famous report on the black family.
NEWS
February 5, 2016
Veteran civil rights lawyer Mary L. Bonauto wants it known that "millions of ordinary people, gay and straight," helped her make - and win - the case for marriage equality in America. Bonauto's first-ever argument before the U.S. Supreme Court yielded a historic ruling that secured the freedom to marry for LGBT couples nationwide in 2015. On Tuesday, she delivered the annual Rutgers Law School State Constitutional Law Lecture. A crowd of about 150 in the Rutgers-Camden Campus Center's multipurpose room gave her a standing ovation as Distinguished Professor Robert Williams welcomed her to the lectern.
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October 28, 2015
WORDS HAVE POWER to make you believe, but also to deceive. In 1984 , his brilliant "Big Brother" novel (that in some ways has achieved reality), George Orwell invented Newspeak, a language in which words don't mean what they say. In real life, Orwell fought against opaque, meaningless words he thought discouraged clear thought. If you are pushing your point of view, you want it to sound smart and nice. You want the other guy's position to seem dumb and nasty. That's why abortion activists on both sides frame their positions as being positive: " pro -choice" or " pro -life.
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August 10, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy and Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Kathleen Kane sowed the seeds of her undoing during her seemingly flawless first year in office. That was the year the Democratic attorney general, newly elected in a landslide, won national attention for stands in favor of gun control and marriage equality. MSNBC host Chris Matthews even suggested she was presidential material. But it was also the year she secretly shut down an undercover sting operation she inherited from her Republican predecessors. Though the investigation had caught Democratic elected officials in Philadelphia pocketing cash and jewelry, Kane, in 2013, declined to press charges, saying the case was badly flawed and possibly tainted by racial targeting.
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July 17, 2015 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes, sometimes, divorce. Even as gay and lesbian couples rejoiced last week over the Supreme Court's ruling in support of marriage equality, attorneys were ready for the inevitable - same-sex divorce. Philadelphia lawyer Angela Giampolo performed her first same-sex divorce 15 minutes after U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III established marriage equality in Pennsylvania in May 2014. According to the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, which conducts research on sexual orientation and gender-identity law, in states where same-sex marriage has been legal for several years and in those that have allowed nonmarital unions, there was a 1.6 percent annual dissolution rate of those relationships as of December 2014.
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July 8, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
A vocal duo's flawless a cappella rendition of "Over the Rainbow" hushed the crowd outside Independence Hall as the reenactment of a pioneering LGBT civil rights demonstration began. Several dozen people marched along Chestnut Street holding placards ("Equality for Homosexual Citizens") that replicated those carried by a plucky group of gay men and lesbians a half-century earlier. It was an emotional, and pitch-perfect, way to celebrate the Fourth of July - and the fact that marriage equality is at last the law of the land.
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April 8, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Pat Robertson shared a revelation last week. The LGBT agenda, he warned, will force straight people to "like" gay sexual practices. Regardless of Robertson's feverish fantasies - delivered on his 700 Club show - same-sex intimacies are unlikely to become all the rage. But gay people do seem to have attained an unprecedented level of acceptance. You might even call it popularity. Consider the heartening resistance to so-called religious freedom restoration legislation in states such as Indiana and Arkansas.
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March 25, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
It was billed as a "Big Gay Brunch" in Cherry Hill, inspired by Pope Francis' planned visit to Philadelphia. Among the 20 guests were devout Catholic heterosexuals, a gay man raised as a Mormon, and an evangelical Christian crusader against human trafficking. "We're trying to figure out how to leverage this historic visit," said organizer and host Jay Lassiter, a marriage equality and medical marijuana advocate and death penalty opponent. "We want rational, sane, forward-thinking voices to be at the table.
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March 17, 2015 | By Kelly Flynn, Inquirer Staff Writer
Many of the courses she is taking at Rutgers-Camden law school are about the law as it currently is, says Katie Lara. "Sexuality, Gender, Identity and the Law" is different, she says: It is about how social movements change laws. The course that has Lara and fellow students excited is inspired by what its creator calls "the great civil rights struggle of our era" - for LGBT rights. Rutgers professor Katie Eyer said she began teaching the elective about a year ago after she was approached by students interested in the law as it pertains to sexuality.
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