Today, Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes filed an appeal against the Commonwealth Court’s Sept. 12 ruling that banned him from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The argument asks the State Supreme Court to deem Pennsylvania’s gay marriage ban “patently unconstitutional.” Philly.com reports:
Exciting news from Philly Mag news reporter Simon van Zuylen-Wood:
This morning, a federal judge in Harrisburg refused to dismiss a lawsuit challenging PA’s anti-gay-marriage law. The motions to dismiss had come from the Corbett administration. So, what does this mean?
This is what marriage equality looks like now that Hawaii and New Jersey have become the most recent states to legalize gay marriage. The new additions make 16 same-sex marriage states, which, according to CNN, means that “more than 1 in 3 Americans live where same-sex marriage is legal. It’s a dramatic shift in a short period of time — one not seen on other social issues.”
GIVE ME HEADLINES: Hawaii Becomes 16th State to Pass Marriage Equality, Brian Sims Makes List of the Year’s Most Influential Activists and More
Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie signs legislation that makes the Aloha State the 16th to legalize marriage equality.
Brian Sims joins Edie Windsor and other biggies on Out‘s list of activists who have shaped 2013.
Congress approves a measure that allows organ transplants between HIV patients.
Student asks Apple to change its offensive definition of gay in Apple Dictionary.
GRR: Texas school won’t let a trans student wear a tuxedo in his high school photo.
A few weeks ago I told you about Lebanon, Pa., Pastor Frank Schaefer (pictured, above), who was in hot water with his congregation after officiating a gay wedding in Massachusetts. Schaefer faces possibility of dismissal from his post, but, in a show of protest and solidarity, 31 of his Methodist colleagues have agreed to jointly preside over a same-sex wedding, despite the risk it poses to their careers. The San Francisco Chronicle has more on the story:
The big news heading into this week is undoubtedly the beginning of marriage equality in New Jersey. In Newark, Mayor and Senator-elect Cory Booker opened the courthouse at midnight to marry seven couples early. And the first couple in Lambertville, Joanne Schailey and Beth Asaro, who have been together 27 years, became one of the state’s first to be joined in matrimony by Mayor David DelVecchio. Watch video of their big moment above.
More weekend LGBT headlines after the jump
The Associated Press reports that we’ll have to wait a little longer to get a trial date on the ACLU-filed case challenging Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones 111 said he wants to consider a pre-trial motion by the defendants in the case that claims federal courts don’t have the jurisdiction to make a judgement on state marriage laws. More:
It hasn’t been a good week for governors who oppose marriage equality. Just ask Governor Corbett, whose name has become synonymous with the words “gay” and “incest” since he made that ridiculous fumble last week on TV. Chris Christie’s not faring too well, either. Marriage equality advocates are none too pleased with the governor since he appealed a judge’s recent ruling that gay marriage will be legalized in the state of New Jersey. One local woman, Bert Bueno, even debated him on the issue this afternoon in a diner in Edison, N.J. The Advocate reports:
This afternoon, I made my way to Love Park, where state representatives Brian Sims and Steve McCarter were joined by local supporters — including Senator Daylin Leach and Director of the Office of LGBT Affairs Gloria Casarez — to officially introduced HB 1686. More warmly known as the PA Marriage Equality Act, the bill would amend Title 23 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to define marriage as “a civil contract between two people who enter into matrimony.”