Judges in two of the five Pennsylvania lawsuits challenging the state’s same sex marriage ban will have all the fuel they need to rule within the next few weeks.
In their petition for summary judgment, the plaintiffs’ attorneys argue that all eight federal courts that have ruled on the issue since a US Supreme Court ruling last summer on the federal “Defense of Marriage” Act have deemed that banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
The appointment of a new CEO by the company that makes the Firefox Web browser has prompted board members to quit, a Twitter frenzy and a push back from a leading dating website because he supported California’s former gay marriage ban.
Government: Insurance Companies Offering Coverage For Spouses Must Extend It To Same-sex Married Couples
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced that insurance companies offering coverage to married heterosexual couples will soon be obligated to offer it to married same-sex couples.
The issue of legalizing marijuana for medical use got the strongest and widest support, approved 87-to-14 percent in aggregate.
Even if legally married in another state, the commonwealth’s web site warns, each person in a same-sex marriage must file separately in Pennsylvania.
The pair sought the license but officials with the Philadelphia Marriage License Bureau say they’re sympathetic to the request but must wait for courts to rule on the issue in Pennsylvania.
This week a federal court struck down Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage, making it the second time in a month a court overturned such a ban in a conservative state.
“If I were the speaker (of the Pennsylvania House), I would refer the bill to another committee,” Sen. Daylin Leach said today. “There is no law that requires this to be referred to the state government committee.”
The momentum toward marriage equality grew stronger in 2013, as a sea change of public, legal, and political opinion on LGBT rights rippled across the country.
Church officials have defrocked a United Methodist pastor from Pennsylvania who officiated his son’s gay wedding in Massachusetts.
Rev. Frank Schaefer, in dark suit, was surrounded by supporters after annoucing he won’t abide by Methodist Church rules banning same-sex marriages and won’t give up his credentials.
Attorney General Kathleen Kane is seeking to be dismissed from a federal lawsuit pending in Philadelphia that challenges Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban.
Judge John Jones III has said that the legal system’s view of sex and sexual identity cases has undergone a “sea change” over the past four decades.
After being found guilty of violating church law, Pastor Frank Schaefer is now suspended from his church for 30 days and tells CBS 3 it was an emotional two days of trial.