While We Are Talking Equality …

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

Other good stuff happened … In New York, openly gay State Assemblyman Danny O'Donnell has announced the introduction of a marriage equality bill.  He announced it by Twitter.  You can follow him @DanielJODonnell  How can you not follow this guy?  It would be like denying yourself a breath of fresh air.  I just nearly gassed […]

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Good Legislative Stuff Happens in PA, too

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

It is hard to keep up with the good stuff, but I'm sure you want to know about it …. Anti-Discrimination HB 300 sponsored by Representative Dan Frankel SB 910 sponsored by Senator Lawrence Farnese These bills will expand the Human Relations Act to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes. […]

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Blog for Equality Pgh 2011 – Tuesday May 10, 2011

(scroll down for links to the 2011 Blog for Equality participating blogs) When it comes to LGBTQ equality blogswarms in Pgh, we've had good company back in 2008 and 2010.  I'm sad that we need to rally the troops once again to stand up against yet another attempt to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution in order […]

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Diane Gramley and the AFA of PA weigh in on “marriage amendment”

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

They have a fancy new website which makes it easier for me to find the press releases since they keep kicking me off their email lists … On HB 1434 “Representative Metcalfe understands the need to do more than simply protect the word ‘marriage.’  A strong two-part amendment is what is needed to preserve the institution […]

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More on Marriage Amendment

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

UPDATE: I didn't dig deep enough when I originally posted.  Western PA Reps Krieger and Mustio also cosponsor this legislation. My apologies. ********************************************************************** Metcalfe's plan to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution begins in the State Government Committee of which he is the Majority Chair. As Chair, he has the power to bring the amendment to a […]

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Metcalfe introduces “Marriage Protection” constitutional amendment

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

From the Trib … Metcalfe, R-Cranberry, who chairs the House State Government Committee, on Monday announced he is sponsoring a constitutional amendment to define marriage. It would need to be approved in two successive sessions of the Legislature and would then be submitted for approval or rejection by the state's voters. The earliest that could […]

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Update on pro-equality legislation in Pennsylvania

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

State Representive Cohen has introduced a measure that would expand existing law to recognize civil unions.   HB708 has several familiar cosponsors, including Dan Frankel, Jake Wheatley, Chelsa Wagner, Dom Costa, Paul Costa, Mark Gergely.  41 sponsors in total. This legislation has been referred to the Judiciary Committee as of February 12, 2011. Several cosponsors sit in […]

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Trib Letter to the Editor Prognosticates Intro of Pro-Gay PA Legislation

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

John DeBartola from the Keystone Alliance/Gaylife Newsletter wrote to the Trib earlier this month.  He forecasts introduction of 4 pieces of pro-LGBTQ legislation:  marriage, civil unions, hate crimed and non-discrimination legislation. Both [Senator] Leach and [Rep.] Cohen have agreed to submit their respective bills for marriage equality and civil unions on Feb 7. Rep. Dan […]

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Another PG Letter to the Editor for Marriage Equality

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

The PG Community Forum is beginning to grow on me.  Today, we find another pro-equality letter to the editor from Attorney Bruce Wilder of Downtown. Short, sweet and to the point and with an affirming message for same sex parenting. On the issue of “majorities,” please note that anti-miscegenation laws were struck down by the […]

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More on Metcalfe

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

I dialogued with Sue Frietsche of the Women's Law Project about the Metcalfe memo on “Marriage Amendment” 2011.  Her take on it is cause for serious thought … It's more radical than alternative versions because of the provision prohibiting recognition of any “identical or substantially equivalent” legal union.  So what is a substantially equivalent legal union?  […]

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