The bill is sponsored by Pa. Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny County), and co-sponsored by Rep. Ronald Waters (D-Phila., foreground).
The two men from center city Philadelphia had asked Mayor Nutter to officiate at their wedding after obtaining a marriage license in Montgomery County.
A similar lawsuit in Philadelphia resulted in a settlement agreement two years ago, so Monday’s ruling will have no impact here.
Thirty same-sex couples have married since Montgomery County awarded the first license July 24.
The Harrisburg courtroom was standing-room-only as opening statements were presented. The complete presentation by both sides took just over one hour.
Defending Pennsylvania’s law effectively banning same-sex marriage against a legal challenge in federal court will fall to Gov. Tom Corbett.
Chris discusses the legality of delaying the implementation of Obamacare, the closing of two coal plants in Pennsylvania, and the continued effort to push through immigration reform. He also talks to Actors Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Beverly D’Angelo and to Tom McGrath from the Philly Post.
The American Civil Liberties Union is going to court to end the ban on gay marriage in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett has signed a bill that will prohibit coverage of most abortions by insurance policies to be offered through a federally run insurance “exchange” being set up as part of the new federal health care law.
Pennsylvania’s voter ID law will be argued in Commonwealth Court next month but, according to ACLU attorney Vic Walczak, who represents the plaintiffs challenging the law, the issues are completely different.
A transgender student in central Pennsylvania will be allowed to wear a boy’s colors to next month’s graduation ceremony but will be identified by his female name, a resolution the American Civil Liberties Union said Monday doesn’t go far enough.
A coalition of civil rights groups kicked off a new campaign at a rally Saturday at the First United Church of Germantown.
The ordinance calls for financial penalties for a landlord who has a tenant who calls police at least three times during a four-month period.
The American Civil Liberties Union is threatening to sue if a Pennsylvania school district doesn’t allow a transgender student to run for prom king, even though the student is registered under his female birth name and has acknowledged his diploma will be issued in that female name, too.
The ACLU of Pennsylvania filed a federal lawsuit against Norristown yesterday afternoon, challeging an ordinance it says punishes innocent tenants and their landlords for requesting assistance from police.