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Decisions Could Come Soon On Two Of PA’s Marriage Equality Lawsuits

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.

04/26/2014

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Both Sides in Pa. Same-Sex Marriage Fight Ask Judge To Fast-Track Decision

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.

04/21/2014

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Dating Site Protests Anti-Same Sex Marriage Contributor

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.

04/01/2014

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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.

03/14/2014

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New Poll Shows Pa. Voters Inching Toward Support For Same-Sex Marriage, Medical Marijuana

The issue of legalizing marijuana for medical use got the strongest and widest support, approved 87-to-14 percent in aggregate.

03/03/2014

(The Pennsylvania Dept. of Revenue web site warns that joint returns may be filed only by a "husband and wife."  Graphic by Ed Fischer)

Pa. Warns Same-Sex Married Couples To File Taxes Separately

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.

02/21/2014

(Bob Sullivan, left, and Bill Sullivan, after being turned down for a marriage license in Philadelphia.  They were legally married in Vermont.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Denied License In Philadelphia

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.

02/18/2014

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Is Pennsylvania’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Next On The Chopping Block?

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.

01/16/2014

(State senators Larry Farnese, partially hidden, and Mike Stack, right, listen as Sen. Daylin Leach describes efforts to gain passage of marriage equality legislation in Pennsylvania.  Photo by Kim Glovas)

Pa. Legislators Propose Sidestepping Colleague Who is Blocking Marriage Equality Bill

“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.”

01/07/2014

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2013 IN REVIEW: Marriage Equality Gains Strength

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.

12/31/2013

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Pennsylvania Methodist Pastor Defrocked After Performing Gay Wedding

Church officials have defrocked a United Methodist pastor from Pennsylvania who officiated his son’s gay wedding in Massachusetts.

12/19/2013

(Rev. Frank Schaefer, at right of lectern in dark suit, with some of his supporters at the Arch Street United Methodist Church on December 16, 2013.  Photo by Michelle Durham)

Pa. Methodist Minister Says He Won’t Quit, Even After Same-Sex Marriage Rebuke

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.

12/16/2013

(Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane, in 2013 file photo.  Credit: Bill Roswell)

Corbett, Kane Seek Dismissal In Same-Sex Marriage Case

Attorney General Kathleen Kane is seeking to be dismissed from a federal lawsuit pending in Philadelphia that challenges Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban.

12/09/2013

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Federal Trial on Pa. Same-Sex Marriage Law Set For June 2014

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.

11/22/2013

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Pastor Suspended For Officiating Son’s Same-Sex Marriage Speaks Out

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.

11/20/2013

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