The newest Quinnipac Poll is out, and there’s good news for all you socialist America haters—a majority of Pennsylvanians supports both medical marijuana and same-sex marriage. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports:
A lot has been made of bills in Kansas and Arizona that would give Christian business owners and employees the right to refuse service to customers based on their religious feelings about gay marriage. Via Keystone Politics, though, blogger Tim Stuhldreher suggests that Pennsylvania may already have such a law on the books.
Despite yesterday’s bummer (albeit expected) news that a South Philly gay couple was denied a marriage license at City Hall, there’s still reason to be hopeful. I just came across this refreshing article on CBS Philly, in which an analyst — named Madonna, thank you — reports that support for marriage equality continues to be on the rise in our state:
I was wrong.
A couple of months ago I wrote in this space that I had two, seemingly conflicting beliefs: That gays ought to be able to get married. And that people whose consciences oppose gay marriage shouldn’t be required to offer services in support of those marriages.
The idea was to maximize freedom: To give both my gay friends and my conservative Christian friends a chance to live as well as possible. I was influenced by my upbringing in Kansas, among conservative Christians, people I believe to be good, people I still care about, but people with whom I disagree heartily on the topic of homosexuality and gay rights. It was an attempt at nuance. It was an attempt at balance. Freedom—as I have said a number of times—should not be a zero-sum thing.
Will Virginia be the first Southern state to legalize same-sex marriage? Big news coming out of Old Dominion suggests it just may be. The Week reports:
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s office said Thursday he would stop defending the state’s ban on gay marriage against challenges in federal court because he had concluded that it was unconstitutional. Herring spokesman Michael Kelly said the state — a battleground in the fight over same-sex marriage — would instead side with plaintiffs trying to get the ban struck down. Herring’s decision came a string of victories for gay marriage supporters, including the rejection by federal judges of bans in Utah and Oklahoma.
AP reports that recent federal court rulings legalizing gay marriage in Oklahoma and Utah have given hope to Pennsylvania gay marriage advocates. They are still, however, preparing carefully for trial on the matter, to challenge Pennsylvania’s halt to marriage licenses granted in Montgomery County last year.
Bad news. Several media outlets are reporting that the Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage must stop in Utah “while the state’s appeal works its way through courts.”
But don’t get too down in the dumps about it. Queerty reminds us that this is similar to what happened with California’s Prop 8, which, as we all know eventually had a positive outcome: