December 16, 2013 |
TRENTON While same-sex couples have been legally married in New Jersey since October, thanks to a Superior Court ruling, legislators are pushing a new bill that would guarantee that the right could not be reversed. "Marriage equality is not the law of the land in New Jersey. Civil union is still the law," said State Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D., Union), who introduced the bill last week with Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D., Bergen). On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider the proposed bill, which also clarifies some issues not addressed by the court.
September 27, 2013 |
Twenty-one same-sex couples are asking Commonwealth Court to declare their marriages valid and the Pennsylvania Marriage Law unconstitutional. The couples - 14 pairs of women, seven of men - have been in limbo since Sept. 12, when the court ordered Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes to stop issuing new marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples but said nothing about marriages already performed and recorded. During the hearing in Commonwealth v. Hanes , Gov. Corbett's attorney argued that "as a matter of law, [those couples]
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.
June 27, 2013 |
Excerpts from the majority and dissenting opinions handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court in its 5-4 rulings Wednesday striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, and leaving in place a trial court's ruling that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional: Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing the majority opinion striking down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act: "DOMA instructs all federal officials, and indeed all persons with...
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.
December 6, 2012 |
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed into law a measure that legalizes same-sex marriage in Washington state, which now joins several other states that allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. Gregoire and Secretary of State Sam Reed certified the election Wednesday afternoon, as they were joined by couples who plan to wed. The law does not take effect until Thursday, when couples can start picking up their wedding certificates and licenses at...
November 10, 2012 |
TRENTON - Supporters of same-sex marriage celebrated this week when voters in three states approved gay marriage and those in a fourth state blocked an effort to ban it. But Tuesday's results have not persuaded lawmakers to put the question of marriage equality on the ballot in New Jersey, a decision supported by the largest gay rights organization in the state as well as a leading U.S. same-sex marriage advocacy organization. "It would be a terrible road for New Jersey to go down," Evan Wolfson, a civil rights lawyer and founder and president of Freedom to Marry, a national gay-marriage group, said Thursday.
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.
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.