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.”
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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You don’t have to feel guilty for walking into Target anymore. The national retail chain, which, it has been reported, has been on the fence about same-sex marriage, has publicly announced its support for marriage equality by signing an amicus brief to the U.S. Seventh District Court in its headquarter state Wisconsin.
Target Executive Vice President Jodee Kozlak details the company’s decision in a blog post:
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.
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.
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:
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.