If you hadn’t heard, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is hosting a march for traditional marriage in Washington D.C. today, and, as Philly Mag’s Joel Mathis reports, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has signed on as co-sponsor.
Last week I reported that Schuylkill County Register of Wills Theresa Santai-Gaffney made a move to halt same-sex marriages in Pennsylvania when she drafted a petition urging Governor Corbett to appeal the ruling. Well today I’m happy to report she’s been stopped dead in her tracks. Yesterday, Judge John Jones III denied her request to intervene, stating that her “deep personal disagreement” with his decision “doesn’t make her a stand-in for the state.” More from Bloomberg:
Gay marriage may have arrived in Pennsylvania, but the debate isn’t over: The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is co-sponsoring a national “March for Marriage” rally in Washington D.C., promising to keep alive the church’s opposition to the state’s new marriage equality.
Hillary Clinton is on a book tour (PHOTOS: she’s was at the free library Friday morning), and this week, she sat down with Philadelphia’s Terry Gross for an interview that aired on NPR’s Fresh Air.
The interview has generated a lot of controversy thanks to a rather awkward section where Gross questions Clinton on the hot topic of gay marriage.
Schuylkill County’s Register of Wills Theresa Santai-Gaffney wants it to rain on our parade. She has filed a petition asking a federal court judge to allow her to appeal Judge John Jones III’s recent decision to strike down the state’s same-sex marriage ban. More from the Republican & Herald:
Ahead of its town hall meeting on same-sex marriage tonight, the Mazzoni Center has released a sizable report laying out all the benefits marriage equality brings to us here in Pennsylvania — all 572 of them. The report, “How Marriage Counts: 572 Ways Marriage Counts in Pennslyvania, “summarizes the legal benefits and obligations conveyed by state-recognized marriage, identifying 572 individual statutory provisions that afford rights or create obligations based on marital status or otherwise pertain to an individual’s marital status.”
Last week, I reported on a loophole that prevented Montgomery County gay couples from getting married, despite the landmark overturn of Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban. Luckily, that all has changed.
As of 8:30AM on Wednesday, May 28, officials in Montgomery County began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. A ruling on Tuesday evening lifted the court order from a year ago which banned the county Register of Wills, Bruce Hanes, from marrying gay couples after he issued over 170 licenses to same-sex couples in 2013, defying the then law.
The very talented folks over at Tara Beth Photography were on hand at City Hall on Friday to take a series of amazingly gorgeous shots from marriage ceremonies of same-sex couples. We’re luck enough to share some of the photos of the happy couples!
Gay Wedding Ceremonies at City Hall
Now it’s confirmed: Mayor Michael Nutter will be performing same-sex marriage ceremonies this Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 10AM-12PM. According to the Mayor’s Office of Communication, the lucky couples will be hitched at City Hall.
Saturday’s events coincide with the historic ruling from earlier in the week that overturned Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage.