May 11, 2012 |
Here's a look at attitudes and laws about gay marriage locally and around the country: State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Delaware/Montgomery, and state Rep. Babette Josephs, D-Center City, proposed same-sex marriage bills in 2009, but both stalled in committee. Ultraconservative state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler County, proposed an amendment to the state Constitution last year to officially ban same-sex marriage, but that stalled as well. A recent Muhlenberg College/Morning Call poll showed that 52 percent of Pennsylvanians feel that gay marriage should be legal, while 37 percent believed it should not and 9 percent said they were unsure.
October 9, 2004 |
A Bucks County Court judge indicated yesterday that he was likely to rule against 12 state representatives suing a New Hope gay couple who want to marry. Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg told a hearing that he had "serious doubts as to whether plaintiffs' action will survive. " At the end of the 50-minute hearing, Goldberg said that though his "instinct" had been to announce his decision from the bench, "a ruling will be issued shortly. " On March 15, Robert Seneca and Stephen Stahl were denied a marriage license application by the Bucks County Register of Wills.
June 8, 2012
Hussein aide executed in Iraq BAGHDAD - Saddam Hussein's trusted personal secretary, once No. 4 on the U.S. most-wanted list in Iraq, was executed by hanging Thursday, the Iraqi Justice Ministry said. Abed Hamid Hmoud was the latest in a series of former senior regime officials to be executed by Iraq's new rulers since the toppling of Hussein during a U.S.-led invasion nine years ago. Hmoud's body was to be handed over to his family later Thursday, officials said. Hmoud, a distant cousin of Hussein's, was captured by U.S. forces in June 2003, three months after the invasion.
March 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In a historic argument for gay rights, President Obama on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to overturn California's same-sex marriage ban and turn a skeptical eye on similar prohibitions across the country. The Obama administration's friend-of-the-court brief marked the first time a U.S. president has urged the high court to expand the right of gays and lesbians to wed. The filing unequivocally calls on the justices to strike down California's Proposition 8 ballot measure, although it stops short of the soaring rhetoric on marriage equality Obama expressed in his inaugural address in January.
August 11, 2013 |
Montgomery County issued its 100th marriage license to a same-sex couple Friday, less than three weeks after the Register of Wills Office granted its first such license in defiance of the state's marriage laws. The couple, Nicole L. and Virginia R. Perrine-Wilson, are from Lansdowne, Delaware County, said the county communications director, Frank Custer. By the close of business Friday, the tally hit 103 licenses. Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes instructed his office to begin issuing licenses to same-sex couples July 24 at the request of a female couple.
July 14, 2010 |
It seems fitting that my last regular column here concerns a cultural issue, as this newspaper's editorial page and I often disagree on such issues. Political consultants warn candidates to stay away from these issues because they are so personal and emotionally charged. The abortion debate is one on which I chose to ignore their advice. The reason: I simply could not square voting to permit the killing of an innocent baby in the womb with the Constitution I swore to defend, the God I try to obey, or the people I pledged to serve.
February 9, 1997 |
Supporters of a ban on same-sex marriages in Maine have collected enough signatures to force a vote on the issue, the secretary of state's office ruled yesterday. The ruling means Maine voters will consider the proposal during the Nov. 4, 1997, election unless it is enacted into law earlier by the legislature and Gov. Angus King. Polls have indicated it would pass. The measure proposed by Concerned Maine Families would bar Maine from officially recognizing marriages between two people of the same sex even if the marriage is recognized in another state.
October 19, 2011 |
Ever the radical, at 77 Gloria Steinem posits a pretty good view of what it means to grow old: still writing, speaking and traveling, hanging around with all her ex-lovers. Really? Ex-lovers? "The thing about aging," she said in a phone interview last week from her home in Manhattan, "is all your old lovers, pretty much if they were really friends, become your family. It's great. You have those terrible feelings of possessiveness and uncertainty go out the window. You have what you shared.
February 7, 2009 |
DeGeneres and her sweetie say marriage is grand It's Nice News Saturday here at SideShow - or at least that's how we'll start. Snarks later. First, raise the roof and give it up for a marriage that brings the principals to tears. Of joy. To whom else could we be referring but Ellen DeGeneres and her Aussie, Portia de Rossi? Big D and little d - who wed Aug. 16, right after California figured out its marriage laws - d-scussed their marriage with Ladies' Home Journal; Ellen's on the March cover.
November 27, 2006 |
All in the same week, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the U.S. Catholic bishops, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, and the Presbyterian Church USA drove themselves nuts over homosexuality. In Massachusetts, despite ample evidence that two years of same-sex marriage has not destroyed straight life in the commonwealth, Romney helped plan a weekend rally for a statewide referendum to ban it. In Washington, the bishops passed a bizarre set of guidelines called, "Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination.