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May 11, 2012 | By Morgan Zalot
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.
NEWS
October 9, 2004 | By Walter F. Naedele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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August 11, 2013 | By Chris Palmer and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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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.
NEWS
March 2, 2013 | By Julie Pace and Mark Sherman, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
July 14, 2010 | By Rick Santorum
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.
NEWS
February 9, 1997 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2009 | By John Timpane INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
November 27, 2006 | By Derrick Z. Jackson
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.
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July 3, 2003 | By Ron Hutcheson INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
President Bush joined the growing debate over gay marriages yesterday, saying that he was not sure if a constitutional ban on gay unions was "necessary yet" but adding that "marriage is between a man and woman. " He offered his view a week after the Supreme Court struck down state laws against sodomy. The ruling called into question a host of other laws that gay-rights advocates consider discriminatory, including prohibitions against same-sex marriages. The issue, the latest battle in the long-running fight over gay rights, seems likely to spill into the 2004 presidential election.
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December 16, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 27, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
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]
NEWS
August 11, 2013 | By Chris Palmer and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
June 27, 2013 | Associated Press
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...
NEWS
March 2, 2013 | By Julie Pace and Mark Sherman, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
December 6, 2012 | By Rachel La Corte, Associated Press
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...
NEWS
November 10, 2012 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 11, 2012 | By Morgan Zalot
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.
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