PHILADELPHIA – Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and Freedom to Marry launched “Why Marriage Matters Pennsylvania” with two press conferences in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia to introduce the campaign and key partners.
Why Marriage Matters Pennsylvania is a grassroots public education effort to build support for the freedom to marry in Pennsylvania. The campaign will begin a dialogue with Pennsylvanian residents about why marriage is important to same-sex couples and their families.
“Gay people are part of the families of Pennsylvania; I know, because I grew up here with my loving family, now including my niece and nephews as well as my parents, siblings, and sisters-in-law. But Pennsylvania is not doing right by gay Pennsylvanians and their loved ones, denying couples who’ve made a commitment in life the commitment under law that is marriage,” said Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry.
Mayor Nutter showed up on CNN’s new program The 11th Hour to chat with anchor Don Lemon (not an old person, despite the name) about the possible existence of the “Knockout Game.” Lemon asked him if the game — rumors of which has people in Philly spooked — was real. Nutter said, that like many of us, he didn’t know the answer.
Every year I get suckered into thinking that my contribution to the local public radio outfit will somehow make the local public radio outfit stop asking me for money, as if my dial was linked into my personal account. (Wait, that’s an amazing idea. If NPR actually figured out a way to do this, donations would skyrocket.) In any event, Michael Nutter is just as annoyed as the rest of you with WHYY’s current fall membership drive.
On Thursday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter proposed legislation to amend the Philadelphia Code to replace the term “ex-offender” with the term “returning citizen.” He also decided to change the name of the Office of Re-integration Services for Ex-Offenders to the Office of Re-integration. Read more »
In light of U.S. Airways’s declining profits–related to preparations for its proposed merger with American Airlines–Michael Nutter has co-signed a letter to U.S. Attorney General urging him to let said merger go through. The Justice Department is currently suing to block the merger on anti-trust grounds. The letter read, in part:
Maybe those overseas trips really are worthwhile? The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau is debuting a series of Philly advertisements on London’s famous black cabs, to coincide with Michael Nutter’s November trade mission to London (and Tel Aviv).