Tag: ACLU

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Lifestyle

Demand for gay-marriage licenses in Pa. is rising

Plaintiffs Dara Raspberry, left, and Helena Miller, holding daughter Zivah Raspberry, of Philadelphia, are among the speakers during the announcement of a lawsuit seeking to overturn a 17-year-old state law effectively banning same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, the only northeastern state that doesn’t allow it or civil unions, Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at the state Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/PennLive.com, Dan Gleiter) HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Demand among same-sex couples for marriage licenses from an eastern Pennsylvania county official flouting state law shows no sign of slacking. A Montgomery County spokesman said 16 same-sex couples were issued marriage licenses Monday, making it the highest single-day figure yet in the nearly two weeks since county officials began defying a state ban on such unions. Mayor John Fetterman of Braddock, near Pittsburgh, told KDKA-TV that he performed a Monday night marriage ceremony for two men who were issued a license by Montgomery County. Fetterman called the Pennsylvania law that effectively bans same-sex marriage “a fundamentally unjust piece of legislation.”

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Metro

Pa. law banning gay marriage to face challenge

American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Witold J. Walczak speaks alongside many of the 23 men, women and children who are plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to overturn a state law effectively banning same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, during a Capitol news conference, Tuesday, July 9, in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Marc Levy) by Marc Levy Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Civil rights lawyers filed the first known legal challenge Tuesday on behalf of 23 men, women and children seeking to overturn a 17-year-old state law effectively banning same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, the only northeastern state that doesn’t allow it or civil unions.

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National

Justices more diverse than lawyers before court

In this Jan. 17, 1966, photo then Solicitor Gen. Thurgood Marshall, right, Attorney Gen. Nicholas Katzenbach and Asst. Attorney Gen. John Doar arrive at the U.S. Supreme Court to defend the legality of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. (AP Photo, File) by Mark Sherman WASHINGTON (AP) — In roughly 75 hours of arguments at the Supreme Court since October, only one African-American lawyer appeared before the justices, and for just over 11 minutes.