A new database suggests a number of Pennsylvania judges have stopped performing civil marriage ceremonies since same-sex marriage was legalized in the state last year.
The news comes as the nation watches Kentucky, where a county clerk, Kim Davis, refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay people, saying to do so would violate her conscience. Is the same thing happening here?
“While judges are not statutorily obligated to perform weddings, many of them do,” PennLive reports. “But starting last summer, after same-sex marriage became legal in Pennsylvania, a number of district judges stopped performing marriage ceremonies.” Read more »
If you thought your vibrator gave you the buzz of your life, you haven’t experienced anything yet! In yet another feeble attempt to undermine the recent Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision (and, of course, throw in just the right touch of homophobia), Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King claimed that we can all go marry lawnmowers (buzz, buzz). Read more »
Waldron Mercy Academy via Google Maps
It may be summer break at the Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion, but administrators at the private Catholic school have their hands full thanks to their decision to fire the school’s longtime director of religious eduction, Margie Winters, a gay woman who is married to her partner. Read more »
If after the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision last week you booked a quick flight to Vegas, said “I Do” at an Elvis wedding chapel, and are now regretting it, why, you’re in luck: Philadelphia is the home to “Adam VS. Steve,” who bill themselves as “the nation’s first LGBTQ divorce attorneys.” Read more »
Vice-President Dick Cheney is joined by his openly gay daughter Mary, at right, and her partner of 15 years, Heather Poe, left, as they attend church services in Washington, Monday, September 11, 2006. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Back in 2004, then-Vice President Dick Cheney horrified conservatives when, at a town-hall meeting in Iowa, he came out in favor of gay marriage, a stance at odds with then-President George Bush, who at the time was advocating a constitutional amendment to ban such banns. “Lynne and I have a gay daughter,” Cheney announced, “so it’s an issue that our family is very familiar with. … With respect to the question of relationships, my general view is that freedom means freedom for everyone. People ought to be able to be free … ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to.” Eleven years later, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed.
What happened in the interim? People like Cheney’s daughter Mary publicly came out and wrote and sang and talked about their lives, and the six degrees of separation Americans liked to pretend existed between them and homosexuality gradually vaporized, became five degrees, then four, then one. If you didn’t have a child or a parent or a friend who was gay, you knew someone who did—someone you were close to. The other nudged closer and closer until she was teaching your class and sitting at your Thanksgiving table and staying at your beach house. And even if you sort of didn’t get what those people did in their bedrooms, so what? They didn’t care what you did in yours. Read more »
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1. Supreme Court Has One More Big Case Left to Decide
The News: After a historic week where the U.S. Supreme Court effectively upheld Obamacare in its current form and made gay marriage legal in all 50 states, it has one more big case left to decide.
The case is Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA. At issue is whether the Environmental Protection Agency refused to consider costs when regulating electric power plant emissions. Is it fair to make utilities spend billions to remove mercury and other toxins from their emissions? (Conservatives argue that it’s a big ask for only small amounts of mercury.) Read more »
The doctored rainbow picture from the Museum’s Facebook page.
Let’s get this out of the way: It’s fake.
The original Facebook status, top, and the edited status, below.
The picture of rainbow banners draped from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to celebrate the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision is a doctored image, a Photoshop gone wrong that confused and downright infuriated a good number of the Museum’s Facebook followers who thought the picture was real.
Sure, the Museum admitted that the image was “a digital render and a symbol of our support,” but that was hours after the initial picture was posted with the following caption:
“The Museum is flying rainbow banners in celebration of the Supreme Court’s decision on same sex marriage. ‘Like’ if you support #MarriageEquality for everyone!”
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For many, it was the close to a long, momentous day: This evening’s Decision Day Rally at Independence Mall celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage across the country. Hundreds showed up on the lawn across from the National Constitution Center to join in fellowship and hear remarks from William Way Community Center Executive Director Chris Bartlett, GALAEI Executive Director Elicia Gonzales, Mayor Michael Nutter, Mayoral candidate Jim Kenney, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations Rue Landau, and many, many more. We were on hand to capture some of the gorgeous moments from the early evening gathering.
[Updated with reaction and slideshow from a rally at the National Constitution Center, below.]
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that marriage is a fundamental right, and that states cannot prohibit gay and lesbian folks from marrying. The reaction has been overwhelming on social media, both in Philadelphia and around the country.
Visit Philadelphia was ready with an ad campaign:
And people from all walks of life celebrated:
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Breaking news: The United States Supreme Court has finally reached their decision on whether or not states can ban same-sex marriage and whether or not states must recognize legal same-sex marriages performed in other states.
The high court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the “Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex…And to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when a marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out of state.”
We’ll be out and about Philadelphia for the rest of the day getting reaction and watching the community celebrate.
Read the full Supreme Court decision with dissenting opinions below: Read more »