Equality PA Touring the State for LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

State Representative Mike Sturla at Equality PA's stop in Lancaster. Photo by Alexander Gell

State Representative Mike Sturla at Equality PA’s stop in Lancaster. Photo by Alexander Gell

This week Equality Pennsylvania kicked off a six-week tour across the state—from Lancaster to State College to Springfield—to drum up support for house and senate bills 300, legislation that would make it illegal to discriminate against people based on sexual orientation or identity.

The tour launch comes during an important week in LGBT history. On Monday, President Obama signed  a kickass executive order that protects LGBT federal workers across the country against discrimination. It’s high time we do the same thing to all workers in Pennsylvania.

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Chris Christie: The Fight Against Marriage Equality Is Not Over

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Marriage equality may be a “settled issue” in his state, but that doesn’t mean New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wants to see same-sex weddings legalized across the country. At the National Governors Association meeting in Nashville this weekend, Christie reminded a roomful of Republican governors that most “states in the country still ban same-sex marriage, so I don’t think it’s time to stop having the discussion.” More of his ramblings from The Advocate:

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Wedding Vendors Line Up for Lesbian Couple Denied Service at Inne of the Abingtons

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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.

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Theresa Santai-Gaffney Denied Right to Appeal PA Marriage Equality Ruling—Again

Theresa Santai-Gaffney has taken steps to appeal Pennsylvania's recent marriage equality ruling. Photo by Republican & Herald.

Theresa Santai-Gaffney denied her final request to appeal Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ruling. Photo by Republican & Herald.

Third times a charm? I’d say three strikes and you’re out is more fitting in this case. Schuylkill County Register of Wills Theresa Santai-Gaffney—you know the name; it’s the woman who has stopped at nothing to appeal Pennsylvania’s recent marriage equality rulingrecently plead her case to the Supreme Court of the United States. And she was denied. Again. Without comment. More from SCOTUS Blog:

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Third Circuit Court Rejects Appeal of PA Gay Marriage Equality Ruling

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It’s official: We can say goodbye to any attempt to overturn Pennsylvania’s marriage equality ruling.

Today, a Third Circuit Court rejected Schuylkill County Register of Wills Theresa Santai-Gaffne’s attempted appeal of U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III’s historic May 2014 ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Today’s decision states that Santai-Gaffine had no real reason to file the claim, as she was not harmed by the May 2014 ruling. In other words, her case was thrown out due to lack of standing.

The rejection of Santai-Gaffne’s case by the Third Circuit seems to put the nail in the coffin, so to speak, on the ban of same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania.

Methodist Church Lets Frank Schaefer Return to the Pulpit

Schaefer stands in front of Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in South Lebanon Township.

Schaefer stands in front of Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in South Lebanon Township.

Great news: This morning, The United Methodist Church voted to let Lebanon, Pennsylvania Pastor Frank Schaefer return to the pulpit. Schaefer was famously defrocked last winter for officiating the marriage of his gay son. The decision comes after Schaefer appealed the Church’s ruling last week. The Republic has more:

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Mayor Nutter Lends His Name to Resolution Asking Supreme Court to Legalize Gay Marriage

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Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is among a national coalition of mayors to put their name on a resolution that calls on federal courts — including the Supreme Court — to “expeditiously bring an end to marriage discrimination against gay couples nationwide.”

The resolution, approved this morning at the U.S. Conference for Mayors in Dallas, reads:

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