On Wednesday, May 6, 2009, Gov. John Baldacci of Maine signed a bill into law legalizing same-sex marriage in that state. It becomes the fifth state to allow gay marriage joining Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and Iowa.
Two significant actions affecting marriage took place today – the state legislature in Vermont passed legislation legalizing gay marriage in that state, overriding the governor’s veto. It becomes the first state to implement gay marriage directly through legislative action
In a unanimous decision, the Iowa Supreme Court today held that Iowa’s defense of marriage statute limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman violates the Iowa Constitution. The decision effectively legalizes gay marriage in that state.
“It won’t happen here.” Opponents of a marriage protection amendment and those just reluctant to take up the controversial issue have echoed this phrase throughout the debate in Pennsylvania. They say the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which became a Pennsylvania
“What is marriage in the state of Pennsylvania?”Maggie Gallagher, President of the National Organization for Marriage, asked this question at a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on SB 1250 – the Pennsylvania Marriage Protection Amendment. Gallagher was the fi
Although nearly 70% of Pennsylvanians support an amendment to Pennsylvania’s Constitution defining marriage as the union between one man and one woman, many are asking tough questions about the issue.Amending the state constitution to protect marriage is not unique to Pennsylvan
Are you a bigot? Most of us would answer no. Same-sex marriage proponents argue there is no morally relevant difference between their relationships and marriage between a husband and wife; to believe otherwise you are a bigot. That is their opinion. But, if same-sex marriages, sometim
Many people are embarrassed to talk about sexuality, yet our culture surrounds us with references, jokes and outright displays of sexual behavior. The media portrays sex as recreational and impersonal, and homosexuality as “not that there’s anything wrong with it.”Se
Never say “never.” We’ve all heard that one before. Religious liberty was once sacrosanct in the public policy debate. Many laws included a conscience exception to preserve constitutional integrity. It was absurd to think a law would compel a person to do something a
The Pennsylvania Legislature will vote on a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union between one man and one woman in the coming weeks. Opponents claim it denies same sex and unmarried heterosexual couples legal benefits for pensions, health insurance, hospital vi