The Washington Post has published a report that claims gay marriage could generate up to $58 million for the Pennsylvania economy in its first year.
Devastating news in a week already riddled with loss. Fredia Hurdle, one of the plaintiffs in Whitewood v. Wolf, the marriage equality case that won us the right to marry in Pennsylvania, passed away last week before having the chance to officially marry her partner, Lynn. More from the Pittsburgh Gazette.
The ruling meant that the Hurdles, who were together for 24 years, who were united in a commitment ceremony five years ago, and who had supported each other through sickness and child-rearing, could have their union recognized by the state they considered home.
Maybe they could get officially married in July, Lynn Hurdle thought, to mark the fifth anniversary of their original wedding ceremony. But her daughter planned to marry in October, and Fredia Hurdle said they should wait until after her wedding. It was her year, her “moment in the sun,” she told the woman she had long considered her wife.
“It’s legal. We have time,” she said.
But Thursday, Fredia Hurdle died from a stroke. She was 50 years old.
“I was looking for the next 25 or 50 years together,” Lynn Hurdle said. “It’s been shell shock.”
Another problem directly related to our lack of LGBT-discrimination laws has reared its ugly head. A lesbian couple were denied service at W.W. Bridal Boutique in Bloombsburg, Pennsylvania, because, according to owner Victoria Miller, “providing those two girls dresses for a sanctified marriage would break God’s law.” More from LGBTQ Nation:
One of the two [brides] says she was placed on hold for several minutes, then told, “Unfortunately she would not be able to schedule an appointment for us because they currently do not service same-sex couples—it’s just not something they do.”
“We feel we have to answer to God for what we do and providing those two girls dresses for a sanctified marriage would break God’s law,” says owner Victoria Miller.
Bloomsburg Town Council plans to discuss the incident at a meeting on Monday. Council members say they will consider whether to propose legislation to ban businesses from refusing to serve gays and lesbians.
Miller’s attorney, Al Luschas, says the shop owner has a “liberty interest” in refusing to take part in a process that would violate “firmly and honestly held religious beliefs.”
It’s no surprise, now that same-sex marriage is legal in Pennsylvania, that state wedding vendors are clamoring to make our wedding dreams come true. Expect to see tons of LGBT wedding expos popping up very soon—the first of which is happening this weekend in Bucks County. The Rainbow Wedding Network PA LGBT Wedding Expo will see booths from 30 wedding vendors—purveyors of everything from food to flowers to dresses.
There will be candy, too. I know that, because G Philly will be in the house to meet local brides- and grooms-to-be. Stop by and say hello in the midst of getting your wedding-planning on. Sunday, August 9th, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sheraton Bucks County Hotel, 400 North Oxford Valley Road, Langhorne.
GayFest! romps through its first weekend of 2014. Keep up with what’s playing (and see a few shows, for goodness sakes) here.
Looking for a Saturday afternoon outing? Head to Passyunk Avenue’s Second Saturday, where local business, including gay-owned Metro Men’s Clothing, will spill out into the street with deals, entertainment, food, and sips.
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If at first you don’t succeed, try, and try, and try, and try, and try again. Not a bad matra to live by—unless, of course, you’re Theresa Santai-Gaffney, who seems to be stopping at nothing to make sure we lose our right to marry.
Desiree Mark of Greenfield Township wants to get married without any fuss—but she was taken aback last week when North Abington wedding vendor Inne of the Abingtons told her that, “Unfortunately, we do not hold same sex marriages at our facility. … I truly do hope you find somewhere that will fulfill all your wedding dreams.”
Mark shared the message with her mother, who blasted it on Facebook, creating a social media firestorm that caused other local wedding vendors to take notice. What happened next is kind of just lovely. More from The Times-Tribune.
Speaking to reporters Saturday at a conference of the National Governors Association in Nashville, Tennessee, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie continued to talk like a man with plans for a 2016 presidential run while finding new ways to be coy about actually committing to said presidential run.
A complaint has been filed against 36 United Methodist pastors who gathered to bless a same-sex marriage in Philadelphia last November. Yes, last November. I’m not sure what took them so long to get around to it. but it’s an unfortunate development, nonetheless. More from ABC27: