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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Republican Gov. Tom Corbett compared the marriage of same-sex couples to the marriage of a brother and sister during an appearance on a Friday morning TV news show.
The Pennsylvania governor was on WHP-TV in Harrisburg speaking about gay marriage when an anchor asked about a statement his lawyers made in a recent court filing, comparing the marriage of gay couples to the marriage of children because neither can legally wed in the state.
“It was an inappropriate analogy, you know,” Corbett said. “I think a much better analogy would have been brother and sister, don’t you?”
Corbett, a former federal prosecutor and two-term state attorney general, also said he does not think a pending legal challenge to Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage belongs in federal court.
“The Supreme Court left it up to the states to determine under their laws as to what is and isn’t a marriage,” Corbett said. “The federal court shouldn’t even be involved in this. But if they say they are, then they’re going to make a determination whether the state has the right to determine that a marriage is only between a man and a woman and not between two individuals of the same sex.”
Mark Aronchick, a lawyer for the plaintiffs in that case, called Corbett’s remarks “insensitive, insulting and plainly wrong.”
“In other words, some kind of incestuous relationship,” Aronchick said. “He’s just out of touch on this one. Gay people marry for the same reasons straight people do – to express their love and to declare their commitment before friends and family.”
A Corbett spokesman offered no immediate comment Friday morning.
Ted Martin with Equality Pennsylvania, which advocates on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, called the governor’s remarks “shocking and hurtful” and asked him to apologize.
Corbett’s attorneys in August included a reference to children in a legal brief involving same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses. In the court filing opposing allowing same-sex couples to intervene in the state’s lawsuit to bar a suburban Philadelphia county from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the lawyers made an analogy to a pair of 12-year-olds, saying if the children were issued a marriage license and tried to defend it in court, they wouldn’t be taken seriously because the license was never valid.
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The government’s gay marriage Bill is expected to become law by the end of this week, after the legislation cleared the House of Lords on Monday afternoon.
Peers gave the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill its third reading without a formal vote after approving an amendment that would see ministers examine the pension arrangements for gay couples.
The legislation will now return to the Commons on Tuesday evening where it is expected to be rubber stamped by MPs and sent to the Queen for Royal Assent by Thursday at the latest.
The government expects the first gay weddings to be able to take place in Summer 2014 following the completion of implementation work.
Speaking to a jubilant pro-gay marriage rally opposite parliament, Nick Clegg thanked campaigners for “keeping politicians feet to the fire” to ensure the Bill was not derailed by opponents.
“Once what was felt, or considered, to be a radical will soon be the law of the land,” he said. “People will look back on it and think, ‘what on Earth was the fuss all about’.”
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“It should be entirely unremarkable and completely unusual that people who want to express their love to each other want to commemorate that love and want to celebrate that love regardless of who they are regardless of their gender regardless of their sexuality should be abel to do so on equal footing.”
Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill said: ‘It’s impossible to express how much joy this historic step will bring to tens of thousands of gay people and their families and friends. The Bill’s progress through parliament shows that, at last, the majority of politicians in both Houses understand the public’s support for equality – though it’s also reminded us that gay people still have powerful opponents.”
The Bill had a turbulent time in both the Commons and the Lords – with a significant number of MPs and peers voicing fierce opposition.
Sometime in the next week, the Supreme Court will announce their rulings on California’s Proposition 8 same-sex marriage ban and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. California has long been part of the gay-marriage conversation, and although the state first gave licenses to same-sex couples in 2008, that same year, Proposition 8 redefined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
In May, Minnesota became the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage, marking another significant step for gay rights. Following Iowa’s 2009 legalization, it’s only the second state in the Midwest to approve a gay marriage bill, as most of the states who support gay marriage are on the East Coast. But the love is spreading. Six states have adopted a same-sex marriage law over the past six months, doubling the number of states where gay marriage is legal. That’s a lot of change in a fairly short amount of time, so to keep you up to date, here’s a simple timeline of legalization across the US. Keep reading for a look at which states now support gay marriage.
1. Massachusetts Effective: May 17, 2004 In 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage, with Susan Shepherd and her partner Marsha Harris (pictured above) becoming the first legally married same-sex couple in America. Four years later, the state also voted to repeal a 1913 law that banned out-of-state gay couples from marrying in the state.
2. Connecticut Effective: Nov. 12, 2008 Connecticut made its first steps toward equality in 2005 with a civil union law that granted same-sex couples the same rights and responsibilities. Three years later, gay marriage became legalized, and in 2010, all the previous civil unions automatically became marriages.
3. Iowa Effective: April 27, 2009 In 2005, six gay couples filed suit against a county recorder who wouldn’t accept their marriage license applications, and after four years, the Iowa Supreme Court deemed it unconsitutional to limit marriage to a man and a woman. Later that year, 92 percent of Iowans say life continued as normal, but interestingly, they remained divided on whether gay marriage should be legal.
4. Vermont Effective: Sept. 1, 2009 In 2000, Vermont brought about the first civil union law that offered gay couples the same legal rights and responsibilities of marriage, and in 2007, a committee formed to study the issue of same-sex marriage. Two years later, the bill that allowed same-sex couples to marry was introduced and passed, going into effect in Fall 2009.
5. New Hampshire Effective: Jan. 1, 2010 On New Year’s Day 2010, New Hampshire followed suit among other New England states and legalized same-sex marriage, replacing the civil union law that went into effect in 2008.
6. Washington DC Effective: March 3, 2010 A major milestone for gay rights came in 2010 when the nation’s capital legalized same-sex marriage. Because DC isn’t a state, the law went under Congressional review, but it passed so that couples could receive marriage licenses on March 3, and on March 9, the weddings began.
6. New York Effective: July 24, 2011 More than 800 couples from across the state and country wed in New York that day including Phyllis Siegel and Connie Kopelov (pictured here), the first same-sex couple to marry in the state. Once New York legalized gay marriage, the number of Americans living in states where same-sex couples could tie the knot doubled.
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Opponents of gay marriage warned of a long, protracted battle ahead as they prepare for a last-ditch attempt by peers to scupper the plans.
The proposals move to the Lords next month after being approved by MPs by a large majority despite the opposition of 130 Tories.
Sixty-five peers have already signed up to speak on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) when it receives its second reading in the Lords on June 3 and many more are expected to follow suit.
The number, and the fact the Government has only allocated one debate to the subject, means the debate is set to drag on into the small hours. That raises the possibility of opponents attempting an ambush when the Lords is thinly-populated.
Lord Tebbit, the former Tory chairman and an outspoken critic of the plans, is among several ex-ministers who have applied to speak.
The Coalition for Marriage, which is leading resistance to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, accused David Cameron of being a marriage wrecker.
Colin Hart, its campaign director, said: If he thinks he got a rough ride in the Commons, just wait for the Lords. It will be a long, protracted battle which will only remind the voters that the Government isnt listening.
Mr Cameron insisted he was proud of the legislation but, in an apparent olive branch to traditionalist Tories, the Prime Minister promised there would be no more legislation on sensitive social issues.
He said: There will be young boys in schools today who are gay, who are worried about being bullied, who are worried about what society thinks of them, who can see that the highest parliament in the land has said that their love is worth the same as anybody else’s love and that we believe in equality.
I think they will stand that bit taller today and Im proud of the fact that has happened.
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CANNES, France (AP) – One of the more buzzed-about films at the Cannes Film Festival, “Omar,” is set in the West Bank, and the Palestinian conflict is a key part of the plot.
But the film’s lead actor, Adam Bakri, says the location or political motif isn’t that important.
“The fact is that it is an international story, it happens in the West Bank but it doesn’t even say in the film that it happens in the West Bank,” he explained.
“So everybody can identify with it. Everybody can really go with it. I think it has a very strong political message but it is underneath, it is not straightforward, which I think is the genius of the film.”
“Omar,” which is being shown in the “A Certain Regard” section of Cannes, is directed by Hany Abu-Assad, director of the 2005 film “Paradise Now,” which won earned him an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe for best foreign film.
In his latest film, the Israeli-born director of Palestinian descent uses the political upheaval between Palestinians and Israel as the backdrop to a love story between characters Omar and Nadia. Omar must climb the separation wall between the Palestinian territories and Israel to see his love, and during one attempt, he is brutally attacked by an Israeli soldier. Afterward, he and his friends band together to kill an Israeli soldier in revenge, and the plot takes more twists.
Despite the political threads in the film, Abu-Assad said the film’s romantic plot is the key component.
“I don’t know anybody in this world who didn’t enter the experience of being madly in love with someone. Me too. And I am always fascinated by how people lose themselves in this subject and how they become insecure. Actual insecurity is the reason why people are in love, but also why this love ends up very badly,” he said.
“All love stories in history end up tragic, ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ ‘Othello,’ but also like in our modern history, ‘Casablanca,’ even the ‘Titanic’ you know, it is a tragic ending. ‘In the Mood for Love,’ that is a great love story,” Abu-Assad continued. “All of these examples gave me the inspiration to do something about my version of love and betrayal but involved in a political thriller because I love political thrillers. These two genres I tried to mix in a way that could become an exceptional movie.”
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The new issue of Time magazine has declared it: “Gay Marriage Already Won: The Supreme Court Hasn’t Made Up Its MindBut America Has.” To go along with that statement, and a cover story by David von Drehle, they’re offering us two covers of same-sex couples mid-kiss, taken byTimephotographerPeter Hapak:Sarah Kate and Kristen Ellis-Henderson, who have been married since 2011, andRussell Hart and Eric LaBont, who have been engaged since 2010.
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It makes sense, right? It’s a push further along the line of newsweekly covers discussing gay rights: from protesting to hand-holding to hugging. A kiss would have to follow at some point.And a kiss is one of the most basic images with which we can show love. It’s a universal experience, something anyone over the age of 12 or 14 can probably relate to. A kiss is also traditionally that thing that happens at the end of the wedding, when the vows have been spoken and the pronouncements have been made.The striking combination of this intimate moment shared between same-sex couples on a public cover is both timely and Time-ly (i.e., will, surely the editors hope, sell more magazines and get people talking).
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But that same-sex couples kissing on a magazine cover is still cause for surprise, for shock, for discussions and reactions and double takes, that it would even be a cover, means in fact we’re not quite all the way there. The expectations of how the Supreme Court will ultimately rulestrike down DOMA but allow the lower court’s ruling to stand on Prop 8, meaning gay marriage would be legal in California but remain banned in other statesindicate that as well, even as public opinion has experienced a sea change, an inspiring open-mindedness and acceptance that seems all but sure to continue.
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Online reactions to the covers appear to support that dual reality of what we want to achievethe point we should someday (soon, one hopes) reachand where we are as well. On Twitter, I’m seeing words like “provocative,” “sexy,” and “sure-to-be-controversial,” among the reactions. At BuzzFeed,Dorsey Shaw saysTimeis “sexualizing same-sex marriage.”Andrew Beaujon writes at Poynter that there was much discussion in the Time offices over the covers:In an editor’s note, Time Managing Editor Rick Stengel explains, “We had a long debate in our offices about this week’s cover images of two same-sex couples. Some thought they were sensationalist and too in-your-face. Others felt the images were beautiful and symbolized the love that is at the heart of the idea of marriage. I agree with the latter, and I hope you do too.”
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Would such a debate have existed over a cover featuring heterosexual couples kissing? Would such a thing be considered “sensationalist”? Doubtful. Certainly, these rather chaste, lovely images of couples kissing are not even close to embodying the sensationalism of another cover I can think of.But also, there’d be little cause to put a hetero couple kissing on a cover, or at least, no reason that comes easily to my mind. I think these covers are great, but that we need them, regardless of Von Drehle’s article and the progress that’s been made, means gay marriage hasn’t, in fact, quite “won”yet. It won’t have won until marriage is legal for same-sex couples throughout the U.S., and recognized federally, too. It won’t have won until “gay marriage” is no different than any marriage. And it won’t have won until gay couples kissing wouldn’t even merit consideration from an editor at Time magazine as a cover, not because it’s too sensationalist, but because, well, why would you even do that? Don’t we see all sorts of combinations of people kissing everywhere? We’re all perfectly fine with that. Let’s move on to a discussion that gets people riled up! How we feel about PDA: Now that’s a topic that can apply to all of us.
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Kat McGuckin holds a gay marriage pride flag in front of the Supreme Court in November 2012. (Chip Somodevilla
The Obama administration has waded into the legal battle over California’s gay marriage ban, filing a brief with the Supreme Court Thursday evening that argues the state’s voters did not have the right to decide gay couples cannot wed.
In the brief, the Justice Department–which is not involved in the case–argues that the gay marriage ban violated same-sex couples’ constitutional guarantee to equal protection under the law and is the result of prejudice.
“Prejudice may not…be the basis for differential treatment under the law,” the brief said.
But the Obama administration stopped short of calling for a countrywide guarantee of equal access to marriage for gay people in the brief, keeping its arguments focused on California.
“Throughout history, we have seen the unjust consequences of decisions and policies rooted in discrimination,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. “The issues before the Supreme Court in this case … are not just important to the tens of thousands of Americans who are being denied equal benefits and rights under our laws, but to our Nation as a whole.
The California ballot initiative, called Proposition 8, was passed in 2008 with 52 percent of the vote and reversed an earlier state Supreme Court decision allowing gay marriage in the state. Thousands of gay couples in the state had already tied the knot when the ban passed.
In its brief, the Obama administration also argued that laws targeting gays and lesbians specifically should face “heightened scrutiny” from the courts, since gay people have faced a history of discrimination, share a trait they cannot change, and lack political power.
President Barack Obama announced last year that he believes gay couples should be allowed to get married but did not say they have a constitutional right to wed.
At his inaugural address in January, Obama seemed to suggest he did believe the government has a role in ensuring gay people are allowed to marry. “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the lawfor if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well,” he said then.