Posts Tagged “2014”

PhillyGayNews: Marriage equality is spreading like wildfire

By | September 9, 2014

  Proponents of marriage equality have been kicking butt and taking names over the last year-and-a-half! These victories leave us with 19 states plus Washington, D.C., where LGBTQ individuals have the freedom to marry. In an additional 14 states, judges have issued rulings in favor of the freedom to marry, with many of these rulings […]

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Trans*itioning the gay-rights movement

By | August 4, 2014

We just marked the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which sparked the modern gay-rights movement, with Pride events in New York City and San Francisco. The events featured transgender celebrities Laverne Cox and Janet Mock as grand marshals; the symbolic inclusion was an attempt by Pride organizers to signal trans-inclusion. 

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PhillyGayLawyer featured on LGBTQ Radio Show SpeakOUT

By | July 28, 2014

Tune in to the FIRST official segment of my new LGBTQ specific radio show, SpeakOUT airing on Q102, 104.5 and Mix 106.1 during the What’s Going On show on Sunday morning! SpeakOUT will highlight varying LGBTQ topics in our community ranging from cultural happenings, legal issues and poignant interviews with leaders in our community. SpeakOUT […]

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PhillyGayLawyer on America Weekend: Gay Marriage Update

By | June 30, 2014

  Last week marked the one year anniversary since the Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriages were made from the Edie Windsor case. In just on year so much has already happened and yet, there is much more to come! Take a listen to my discussion on America Weekend for an update of the same-sex […]

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The future of marriage equality cases in the United States

By | June 6, 2014

We have entered a new era. Every single state with a ban against same-sex marriage has a lawsuit in place — now that the nation’s last unchallenged state, North Dakota, has lost that status. A lawsuit was filed last week to challenge that state’s bans, along with ones in Montana and South Dakota. While we in Pennsylvania are celebrating our hard-earned victory for marriage equality, the battle is just beginning in these and other states. But, these state-by-state battles are securing that an inevitable Supreme Court ruling will be in our favor.

The same-sex marriage movement has enjoyed a streak of more than a dozen victories in federal courts since Windsor v. United States. In six states we’ve had clean wins: New Jersey, Hawaii, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and Pennsylvania. Federal judges have invalidated bans in six other states — Utah, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, Michigan and Idaho — but those decisions have been stayed pending appeals. Lastly, in Arkansas, a state judge struck down that state’s ban; the ruling has been stayed and is under appeal. Regardless of the process, since Windsor, no state ban against same-sex marriage has survived a court challenge and the last two cases, in Oregon and Pennsylvania, were delivered with governing officials in both states saying they would not appeal. Same-sex couples are now allowed to legally marry in 19 states, and more than two in five Americans live in such states.

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WHYY Radio Times Discussion on Same-Sex marriage legalization in Pennsylvania

By | May 28, 2014

Today on WHYY’s Radio Times, Marty Moss-Coane hosted myself, one of my best friends and colleague, PA Rep Brian Sims, and someone I’ve known for way too long for just meeting in person, Law professor and author, John Culhane, discussing Judge Jones’ ruling legalizing same-same marriage in the Commonwealth. We chatted about Pennsylvania legalizing same-sex […]

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Philly Gay Lawyer in the Legal: Pa. Supporters Cautiously Optimistic About Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Read more:

By | May 21, 2014

So many of you have reached out with important questions and I will be posting an FAQ shortly about all the uncertainties swirling around such as, what happens if Corbett appeals; how and where to get married; if you’re married or planning on getting married, what does this mean for your estate plan, taxes and […]

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PhillyGayLawyer in Legal Intelligencer: Residency Requirements Leave Couples ‘Wedlocked’ in PA

By | March 10, 2014

Remember the good old days of marriage when all you had to worry about choosing was a centerpiece and whether or not to invite that annoying second cousin on your mother’s side of the family? These days, as the battle for national recognition of same-sex marriage rages on, choosing what state you get married in is more important than ever—and not just the venue.

What very few heterosexual people know and, shockingly, very few gay people realize, is that while 18 states will now grant and recognize same-sex marriages, they almost all have residency requirements, often for up to a year, in order to file for a divorce—essentially leaving a couple “wedlocked.” Your state of celebration and state of residence might not see eye to eye on the issue of same-sex marriage and, while the federal government will now recognize your nuptials after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional because it violated Fifth Amendment rights in United States v. Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675 (2013), you could find yourself wedlocked if you do not choose wisely.

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PhillyGayLawyer in Legal Intelligencer: Principle 6 Provides a Free-Speech Loophole at Sochi

By | February 17, 2014

When Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into Russian legislation a law that criminalized all conduct supporting, encouraging or positively portraying the LGBT orientation in June 2013, it sparked an international outcry that has been growing in intensity, especially leading into the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. This broad law specifically bans “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations,” making it illegal to distribute information on gay rights or even suggest that homosexual relationships are equal to their heterosexual counterparts. The law was originally conceived and enacted to protect the well-being of minors, but it has been enforced through countless brutal civil rights violations that have outraged human rights activists and world leaders alike.

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