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PA Gov. Tom Corbett Fauxpologizes

“I explained that current Pennsylvania statute delineates categories of individuals unable to obtain a marriage license. As an example, I cited siblings as one such category, which is clearly defined in state law. My intent was to provide an example of these categories. My words were not intended to offend anyone. If they did, I apologize.” – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Governor Tom Corbett Compares Same-Sex Marriage To Incest

Zack Ford writes at Think Progress: In an interview Friday morning with WHP-TV, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) demonstrated that his own impressions of marriage equality are just as offensive as those of his lawyers that he tried to distance himself in August. Arguing against a county clerk who’d begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, they suggested that those …

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Brian Sims Announces PA Marriage Bill

Towleroad has the transcript of Sims’ speech. An excerpt: “The majority of Pennsylvanians now support marriage equality, and that support continues to grow,” Sims said. “Neighboring states, including New York, Maryland and Delaware, have all decided to be on the right side of history and have granted equal rights to their LGBT citizens. The time has come for Pennsylvania’s legislature …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Sims And McCarter To Introduce Marriage Equality Bill Today

Back in late June, openly gay Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims announced his plan to introduce a marriage equality bill. That happens today. State Reps. Brian Sims and Steve McCarter, both Philadelphia Democrats, will announce the introduction of the Pennsylvania Marriage Equality Act during a news conference today at 10 a.m. in LOVE Park. Despite staunch opposition from Gov. Corbett …

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PENNSYLVANIA: County Clerk Appeals Marriage Ruling To State Supreme Court

And now there’s another case heading to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. After mulling it over for nearly a month, the Montgomery County Register of Wills has filed his appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, asking for a reversal of the order handed down from commonwealth court barring him from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. On Sept. 12, Commonwealth Court …

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Fred Karger Vs Brian Brown

Brown elaborates on NOM’s blog: The story to which Karger is referring is indeed a testament to how religious liberty works – and Fred’s being miffed about it is an ominous indication of what would happen to religious congregations such as this one, which have the right to hire and fire their own clergy personnel, if Karger and other same-sex …

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Priest Arrested For Rape Of Altar Boy

Another day, another Catholic priest arrested. From the Philadelphia Inquirer: District Attorney Seth Williams announced the arrest of Rev. Robert L. Brennan, 75, for allegedly raping an altar boy between 1998 and 2001, while he was assistant pastor at Resurrection of Our Lord parish in Rhawnhurst. The charges came about after a 26-year-old man reportedly encouraged by last year’s trial …

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PA Church Fires Pastor After Gay Wedding

The congregation of a Pennsylvania church has fired Pastor Ken Smeltzer after he officiated at a same-sex wedding in Montgomery County. Smeltzer was pastor for a local Church of the Brethren parish, which he has not identified since performing the marriage, because his beliefs differ from the congregation’s. Smeltzer said Monday that “a few things have to play out” before …

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: Marriage may return to Pennsylvania, despite a ruling two weeks ago that put licenses on hold. Organizers in North Carolina are mounting a challenge to the state’s marriage ban, but first they need to find a clerk willing to challenge the law. Plus new guidance from the Labor Department means benefit plans must recognize marriages in every single …

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PENNSYLVANIA: School Board Won’t Let Trans Student Run For Homecoming King

The school board of Johnstown, Pennsylvania is refusing to allow a transgender student to run for homecoming king. Via the Associated Press: The Richland School Board didn’t rule on Kasey Caron’s request Monday night, but simply let stand an earlier decision by school administrators, which leaves the 17-year-old senior on the ballot for homecoming queen. “No formal action is required …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Rep. Steve McCarter Explains Plan For Marriage Equality Bill

McCarter is the bill’s chief co-sponsor with openly gay Rep. Brian Sims. Separate from the legislative action, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has hired an outside law firm to defend the state against a marriage equality suit filed in July by the ACLU.  And Montgomery County’s attorney is expected to appeal the decision forcing County Clerk Bruce Hanes to stop issuing …

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Priest Busted With Pantless Teenage Boy

A Pennsylvania priest whose duties included counseling troubled youths has been arrested after being caught with a 15 year-old boy that he picked up on Craigslist. The boy was not wearing pants at the time of the arrest. The Rev. William Paulish was in Lackawanna County prison, unable to post $50,000 bail Friday. The charges include corruption of a minor, …

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Crackpot Pennsylvania Sheriff Gets Fired

Remember that crackpot Pennsylvania sheriff who posted the “fuck all you libtards” video that featured him firing a machine gun? Shit-canned. Stand by for screams of outrage from you-know-where. (Tipped by JMG reader Samuel)

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PA County Bans All Religious Advertising On Transit To Block Atheism Message

Pennsylvania’s Lackawanna County has passed an ordinance banning all religious advertising on public transit in order stop a local atheist group from running the above message. The wording from the County of Lakawanna Transit System (COLTS) reads: COLTS will not accept advertising that promote the existence or non-existence of a supreme deity, deities, being or beings; that address, promote, criticize …

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Sims: “Ex-Gay” Therapy Is Science Fiction

Last night I reported that openly gay Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims had announced a bipartisan coalition to enact a ban on the “ex-gay” torture of LGBT youth. Here’s Sims’ speech at the press conference to launch the campaign. (Via JMG reader Rudy)

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PA Legislators Form Coalition To Pass Bill Banning “Ex-Gay” Torture Of LGBT Youth

“Almost four decades of science and medicine that says if you are LGBTQ, just like me, that there is nothing wrong with you, that you are not broken, you don’t need to be fixed and you don’t need to have a diagnosis, and that being LGBT, like so many other characteristics in your life, some days will be a blessing …

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Are Those Pennsylvania Marriages Valid?

After a judge ordered Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County to cease issuing same-sex marriage licenses, many are wondering about the validity of the licenses already granted. Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes said Thursday he was disappointed but would comply with the decision by Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini. Hanes said he thinks the 174 licenses he handed out are …

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Tony Perkins Cheers Pennsylvania

“Isn’t it amazing that we live in a time when doing the right thing and upholding the law makes news? Yet that’s exactly what happened inPennsylvaniawhen a district judge fought to restore order in a local clerk’s office. For the past several weeks, Montgomery County Register Bruce Hanes, has been exercising a power he doesn’t have: issuing same-sex ‘marriage’ licenses. …

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Brian Brown Cheers Pennsylvania

“This is a victory for marriage. We are pleased that Judge Pellegrini reiterated that Pennsylvania law expressly defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The people of Pennsylvania should be grateful to Governor Corbett for his leadership on this issue. As the chief executive of the state, he properly used his office to uphold the law …

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PA Judge Orders Montgomery County To Stop Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Breaking news from ABC’s Philadelphia affiliate: A Pennsylvania judge is stopping a suburban Philadelphia court clerk from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, saying it was a clear violation of his legal authority. Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini on Thursday issued an order that said Montgomery County Register of Wills Bruce Hanes didn’t have the power to decide on his …

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