Anti-gay marriage ban likely dead in PA Senate

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
May 7, 2008

Faced with staunch opposition in the House, Pennsylvania Senators who sponsored anti-marriage legislation asked to table the bill indefinitely. (Link)

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Gay marriage ban moves to full Senate

Patriot News
May 5, 2008

Pennsylvanians and lawmakers rally to protect marriage as an anti-marriage constitutional amendment is expected to be brought for a vote on Wednesday in the state Senate. (Link)

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Seminary chief: Anti-marriage bill a ‘step back’

Lancaster New Era
April 29, 2008

Riess W. Potterveld, president of Lancaster Theological Seminary, testified in front of the Pennsylvania legislature and said, "Clearly, what is proposed in Senate Bill 1250 is a step backward into language of denial, devaluing, delegitimizing and in its simple wording, in my opinion, conceals a wellspring of toxic and prejudicial feeling." (Link)

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Sunday Forum: Marriage in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 27, 2008

In addressing the Pennsylvania legislature, City Councilman Bruce A. Kraus says we must have the moral courage to stand up for equal rights and vote against the anti-marriage constitutional amendment. (Link)

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Anti-marriage constitutional amendment advances in PA

Philadelphia Inquirer
March 19, 2008
After nearly two years, the anti-marriage debate is back on the front burner in the state Capitol. By a 10-4 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday advanced a bill to write marriage and relationship recognition discrimination into the constitution. The bill now goes to the Appropriations Committee before consideration by the full Senate. It would have to be passed by the General Assembly in two consecutive sessions and then approved by voters in a referendum. [link]

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Gays & the Church

Pittsburgh Tribune Review
January 16, 2008
As a gay man who has been partnered for 19 years, married in Canada in 2005 and parent of a 2-year-old, I can tell you that we are not attacking Catholics or marriage. We don't want anything more than what all other committed couples have: the tax, health, pension, visitation and death protections that are a part of marriage. These are not special rights. They are protections offered by the government, not the Catholic Church. [link]

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Native returns to PA for marriage equality event

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 18, 2007
More states are taking steps toward marriage equality for same-sex couples, and even states with civil unions are coming to the realization that civil unions aren't enough. That's the word from Pittsburgh native son and national marriage equality advocate Evan Wolfson, who tomorrow (April 19) is slated to discuss the state of same-sex marriages in the United States at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave, East Liberty. [link]

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OPINION: Lesbian and gay marriages can reflect God’s covenant with creation

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 4, 2006
"It's love that makes a family. I witnessed the power of this love firsthand as a child when my uncle and his partner would visit from California. It wasn't until the 1990s that I learned my uncle had twice been sent to a sanitarium in his youth to be 'cured' of his homosexuality. When my uncle became bedridden for nearly a decade in his 80s after a series of strokes, his partner was at his bedside caring for him every day. The bond of their commitment is what marriage embodies and honors." [link]

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OPINION: Remember when inter-racial marriage was all the politicians’ rage?

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
June 19, 2006
"In time, I'm sure state governments will have to accept that millions of gay couples are already marrying in everything but the courts." [link]

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