January 26, 2012 |
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.
February 26, 2012 |
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.
January 24, 2012 |
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.
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.
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)
May 15, 2013 |
Delivering a politically charged speech, Vice President Biden criticized China, touted American innovation, and told the University of Pennsylvania's Class of 2013 to "never forget the future is in your control. " "You're the most competent, caring generation this nation has produced," Biden told the 5,000 graduates Monday at Penn's 257th commencement at Franklin Field. "We are so well-positioned to lead the world into the 21st century, and we have to take advantage of that. " Biden hailed advances in science and technology, saying that people with prosthetic legs can climb mountains and that electric vehicles can operate efficiently.
February 24, 2013 |
TRENTON - Democratic leaders in the Legislature have agreed to try to override Gov. Christie's gay-marriage veto and are open for the first time to putting the question to voters in November if the override attempt fails. Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D., Mercer), one of two openly gay state lawmakers, said Democratic leaders in the Senate and Assembly agreed to renew the push for marriage equality during a meeting Thursday. The strategy could include putting the question to voters in November with Christie on the ballot.
March 12, 2008
I applaud the general tenor and openness towards marriage equality in The Inquirer's Feb. 28 editorial on civil unions, "Still second class. " But I disagree that civil unions are the best that New Jersey can currently do and with the editorial's stance that marriage-equality proponents should wait before pushing for full marital rights for gays and lesbians. The editorial points out that companies are refusing to grant domestic-partner benefits to same-sex couples based on federal mandates, and that basic rights such as hospital visits are still cumbersome for same-sex couples.
April 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, said Monday that he supports same-sex marriage, reversing his position and joining a long line of Democrats who have changed their minds on an issue that has seen a rapid shift in public opinion. Casey, a moderate Democrat on social issues and a pro-life Catholic, said letters from constituents had "a substantial" impact on his views. He singled out one in which a woman with two children and an 18-year-long relationship said she wanted her family to be treated "equally and with respect.