Postedon May 10, 2010 at 10:28 am
Many lesbian and gay couples struggle with the classification and recognition of their relationships due to varying marriage equality laws and freedom to marry bans throughout the United States.
Postedon May 04, 2010 at 04:59 pm
It's only been two months since the District of Columbia legalized the freedom to marry, but local attorney Lawrence Jacobs is already cautioning his clients: Marriage may be allowed, but divorce will be much harder to do.
While the District and five states have legalized marriage equality and consequently allow divorces, granting divorces to same-sex couples elsewhere is often murky. As married same-sex couples cross into states that explicitly ban or don't recognize the freedom to marry, they face a dilemma.
Postedon Apr 22, 2010 at 12:34 pm
A lawyer for a Dallas man trying to divorce the man he married in Massachusetts told a Texas appeals court Wednesday that his client is entitled to a divorce because he had a valid marriage.
But the Texas Attorney General's Office argued before the three-judge 5th Texas Court of Appeals panel that the marriage isn't recognized by Texas, so they cannot get a divorce. Jimmy Blacklock, an assistant Texas solicitor general, said the men's union can only be voided. "The parties lack standing to file a divorce case because they're not married," he said.
Postedon Apr 09, 2010 at 09:14 am
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.).
Postedon Mar 24, 2010 at 02:50 pm
Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality, Senator Daylin Leach, is one of the LGBT community's strongest allies.
He is the sponsor of a Freedom to Marry bill in Pennsylvania, and last week successfully led the effort to table an amendment to Pennsylvania's constitution, sponsored by State Senator John Eichelberger, to effectively ban marriage equality.
Postedon Mar 16, 2010 at 12:17 pm
The latest effort to amend Pennsylvania's constitution to effectively ban marriage equality is stalling.
The state Senate Judiciary Committee voted narrowly Tuesday to table the measure defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
Postedon Mar 15, 2010 at 10:53 am
A Pennsylvania State Senate committee is expected to vote tomorrow (March 16, 2010) on a proposed constitutional amendment banning the freedom to marry.
Postedon Feb 15, 2010 at 11:27 am
Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach, a Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality, speaks in the Capitol building in Harrisburg on his bill, SB 935 that, if passed would honor the marriages of gay couples in Pennsylvania.
Postedon Feb 09, 2010 at 09:51 am
February 9, 2010
Proponents of the freedom to marry gathered on the steps of the PA Capitol rotunda Monday and chanted, "Pennsylvania can't you see -- what equality means to me." They were supporters of Senate Bill 935, by Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, which would honor the marriages of gay couples. Leach said laws outlawing marriage equality are "the last bastion of society-sanctioned discrimination." [Link]
Postedon Feb 01, 2010 at 07:05 pm
January 29, 2010
The Democratic candidates for governor Friday night were sharply divided on the issue of legalizing the freedom to marry. Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty and Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel received applause from about 300 people gathered at the PA Progressive Summit when they said they support legislation to allow gays and lesbians to marry. [Link] See video below: