PA Senator Arlen Specter: Time to Repeal DOMA

The Huffington Post
October 27, 2009

Senator Arlen Specter addresses the 13-year-old so-called Defense of Marriage Act, saying it's time for it to be repealed:
Enacted 13 years ago when the idea of same sex marriage was struggling for acceptance, the Act is a relic of a more tradition-bound time and culture. [Link]

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Marriage Debate Continues in Pennsylvania

Edge Boston
July 29, 2009
Pennsylvania state Senator Daylin Leach [D-Montgomery/Delaware], who has introduced a bill that would honor the marriages of same-sex couples, says, "There is no reasonable alternative to the freedom to marry. Same-sex couples will always exist. Many are raising children. Attitudes are changing, and everyday I truly believe we get closer to equality." [Link]

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Tipping Point for Freedom to Marry in Pennsylvania?

June 26, 2009
The most recent public-opinion survey, from Muhlenberg College and the Allentown Morning Call, published earlier this month, showed that backing for marriage equality in the Keystone State increased from 35 percent in 2004 to 42 percent. Jeff Lax and Justin Phillips of Columbia University place Pennsylvania well above average in its acceptance of the freedom to marry. Using polling, statistical analysis and ranking several factors Phillips and Lax rank Pa. seventeenth out of fifty states. [link]

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Pennsylvania Marriage Equality Debate on WHYY Friday AM

Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents
June 18, 2009
Senator Daylin Leach, author of Pennsylvania's Marriage Equality legislation, will debate Senator John Eichelberger (R- Blair County), author of the so-called "Marriage Protection Amendment" this Friday on Philadelphia's WHYY at 10 AM. The debate will air on the program, Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane. Internet listeners can tune in here to listen live. Tune in to WHYY on Friday (or check out the podcast when it is archived) for insight into this intriguing dialogue. [Link]

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The Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial: My Marriage Equality Bill

The Philadelphia Inquirer
June 4, 2009
Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach discusses the freedom to marry legislation he plans to introduce to the state Legislature: "My hope is that by introducing this bill now, we'll start the discussion to bring the day of equality closer."[Link]

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Pa. Senate to Mull Conflicting Measures on Freedom to Marry

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 3, 2009
Hoping to capture the pro-marriage momentum in other state legislatures, Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery) today introduced the state's first bill to legalize the freedom to marry for gay couples. "The timing is right for Pennsylvania to be part of the national discussion," Leach said. "I want to make sure the discussion is not lopsided, that gay people know someone is fighting for them." [link]

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PA senator to introduce bill for equal marriage rights

May 27, 2009

Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Delaware/Montgomery, announced Wednesday that he plans to introduce a bill that would offer ful and equal marriage rights to same-sex couples in the state. Under this new legislation, Pennsylvania would also recognize same-sex marriages conducted in other states. [Link]

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Study says New York Latinos support marriage equality

Times Union
May 5, 2009

The University at Albany released a study on Tuesday polling the Hispanic population of New York and surrounding states. The New York Latino Research and Resources Network (NYLARNet) surveyed more than 1,200 Hispanics in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Jose Cruz, director of NYLARNet, said the study found half of Latinos in those states supported marriage equality or civil unions despite only 18 percent identifying themselves as liberal. (Link)

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Filmmakers roll tape on small-town documentary

The Philadelphia Gay News
February 6, 2009
In their forthcoming documentary, “Out in the Silence,” D.C. filmmakers Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer chronicle the lives of several LGBT residents of Oil City, Wilson’s hometown, after the couple published their wedding announcement in the local paper -- and ignited a firestorm. [Link]

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The Next Page: Marriage—an informed conversation

Pittsburgh Post Gazette
September 21, 2008
On Saturday, citizens across the state will gather at four universities to address a question that has occupied legislatures and courts across America for much of the last decade: Who should be allowed to marry? (Link)

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