Category Archives: LGBT / Gay Rights

Planned Parenthood PA Supports the Republican Version of VAWA

“Even Planned Parenthood supports the Republican version of VAWA.” That’s what Republicans can now say thanks to Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania. In what was either the worst-researched or most politically reckless mailer of the primary election cycle, Planned Parenthood PA’s political … More after the jump

Posted in Health, LGBT / Gay Rights, State Politics

PA Social Politics After Marriage Equality

Tom Corbett’s decision not to appeal the ruling striking down PA’s same-sex marriage ban marks the beginning of a new era in state social politics. While it’s still going to take some time for liberals to win the other big … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Health, Issues, LGBT / Gay Rights, Religion

A Primer for PA Republicans: How to Talk About Sex Without Devolving into Bestiality

When a Republican willingly gives his views on love, marriage, or sex, it just doesn’t tend to end well. Pennsylvanians are well aware of this phenomenon. But a recent WNYC interview of retired GOP Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson should set … More after the jump

Posted in Issues, LGBT / Gay Rights

#PAGOV: GOP’s attack on Wolf is pretty weak

I don’t want this piece to be misconstrued as my official public support of Tom Wolf, but as I was reading Politics PA’s piece the other night about the recent attack by the PA GOP on Wolf’s business record, I had to … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Civil Rights, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Governor, Health, Labor and Unions, LGBT / Gay Rights, Miscellany, Social Services

Mike Huckabee Should Pay For Our Recreational Sexytime and STFU About It

Great point from Alexandra Brodsky. Birth control is also used for health purposes, but it’s also used to reduce the unintended risks of hot hot recreational pre-marital sex. And there’s nothing wrong with that! It is so, so tempting to … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Health, LGBT / Gay Rights

Corbett Curious About Gays’ Sex

Not helping: Attorneys defending Pennsylvania in a federal court challenge to the commonwealth’s prohibition on same-sex marriage have asked for “irrelevant,” highly private information about the plaintiffs, their lawyer said, including whether they engaged in previous heterosexual relationships and who … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Governor, LGBT / Gay Rights

The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations: Employment Discrimination Edition

The way to think about Tom Corbett’s flip flop on legalized discrimination against LGBT folks is that any Democrat would also do this. Too often Republicans benefit from the soft bigotry of low expectations in the media, where any move … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Governor, LGBT / Gay Rights

PA Sues Montco Over LGBT Marriage Licenses, Mayors Marry Couples with Licenses

Last month, Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes began giving out the first marriage licenses to LGBT couples in Pennsylvania history. Now, the PA Department of Health under the direction of anti-equal rights Republican Governor Tom Corbett is … More after the jump

Posted in LGBT / Gay Rights

Bayard Rustin: PA Native, Unsung Hero of the 1963 March on Washington, Lifelong Activist

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was held on August 28, 1963. One year before LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act and two years before he signed the Voting Rights Act, over a quarter million people marched from … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, LGBT / Gay Rights

Protesters Rage Against Marriage Licenses Given to LGBT Couples in Montgomery County

Last week, Montgomery County Pro-Life Coalition President Michael McMonagle rallied his anti-equal rights troops outside the Montgomery County Courthouse to protest the county’s register of wills recently giving out the first marriage licenses to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender couples … More after the jump

Posted in LGBT / Gay Rights