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 […]

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?  […]

Equality Advocates PA Response to Metcalfe Memo

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

From Equality PA — Friends:  Let the crazy begin.  Hopefully, this won't  ruin anyone's holidays but it appears from the attached memo that the battle will begin early in 2011.  What I am providing is a copy of a memo from one of our chief opponents, Rep. Darryl Metcalfe, calling on his legislative colleagues to sign on […]

Metcalfe Back with PA Marriage Amendment

Like roaches crawling out of the woodwork, social conservative Republicans are back to defend marriage against the ever-looming threat of homosexuality.  See this memo from PA Representative (and would be Lt. Governor) Darryl Metcalfe whose neck of crazy-town includes Western PA.  Seriously, this is a problem   Looks like we'll have another Blog for Equality […]

Stuff I Missed

Rob Rogers has a great cartoon on the recent pro-marriage equality court ruling. Not up to date on the California ruling?  The Trib reprints a nice piece from the Washington Post on the ruling. This could end up at the Supreme Court level, but for now its nice to enjoy a victory.  The Trib also […]

Argentina first Latin American nation to approve marriage equality

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

Hurrah for Argentina. BUENOS AIRES — Argentina's Senate narrowly approved a law early on Thursday authorizing same-sex marriages, making Argentina the first country in Latin America to allow gay couples to wed.   <snip>   But in a region where the separation of church and state is not always so clear, the law demonstrated a […]

Court ruling on federal DOMA

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

Interesting news from Boston. In an enormous victory for same-sex marriage, a federal judge in Boston today (Thursday, July 8) ruled, in two separate cases, that a critical part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. In one challenge brought by the state of Massachusetts, Judge Joseph Tauro ruled that Congress violated the […]

State Rep Dan Frankel commends Obama on hospital visitation

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

State Rep. Dan FrankelD-Allegheny     Frankel applauds Obama's directive for equal hospital access for same-sex partners, commends Pa. sponsors of non-discrimination bill   HARRISBURG, April 19 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, applauded President Obama's recent directive to provide same-sex partners access to their loved ones in nearly all U.S. hospitals.   At […]

Civil Union Legislation May Be Introduced in PA House

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

From the Philly Gay News … A Pennsylvania lawmaker is gathering legislative support for a bill that would make civil unions for same-sex couples a reality in the Keystone State. The measure, the first of its kind in the Pennsylvania legislature, is being spearheaded by Pennsylvania Rep. Mark Cohen (D-202nd Dist.). Cohen said he’s so […]

PA Lesbian Married Couple Denied Divorce in Pennsylvania

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

From Berks County comes word of a Pennsylvania lesbian couple stuck in legal limbo.  They married in Massachusetts, but to obtain a Massachusetts divorce will need to reside there for one year.  To get divorced in Pennsylvania, their marriage has to be legal in Pennsylvania which it is not.  Thus, their divorce petition was turned […]