Archive for September, 2013

Public Invited: Learn about New, Local LGBT Homeless Program Sept. 26

September 25, 2013

As many as 40% of homeless youth and young adults identify as LGBT.

Curious about what we can do to address this in South Central Pennsylvania? Interested in learning how YOU can be involved?

Come learn more about The Tree House at Alder Health and efforts to meet the needs of homeless LGBT youth in the region. Learn how you can be involved in this new, local effort.

A public presentation and discussion is scheduled for Thurs., Sept. 26, 7 PM at MCC of the Spirit, 2973 Jefferson St., Harrisburg.

For more information please call 1.800.867.1550; http://www.thetreehouseatalder.org

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Want to Get Involved? Attend Local LGBT Programs

September 17, 2013

Want to Get Involved? Attend Local LGBT Programs

Sat., Oct. 26, 4:30-8:30 p.m., The Woymn’s Chorus Annual All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner, Colonial Park United Church of Christ, 500 Devonshire Rd., Harrisburg. $10; Seniors 62+ and students with ID $8; children under 10 free.
Womens Chorus Image
Sat., Nov. 2, 8 p.m., The Harrisburg Gay Men’s Chorus “Halloween Dance Party” Come in costume to the Maennerchor Club, 221 North Street Harrisburg. $10 tickets at the door.
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Sun., Dec. 8, 4 p.m., The Harrisburg Gay Men’s Chorus “A Winter Whirl” at the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, 1280 Clover Lane. Tickets $15. http://harrisburgmenschorus.org

Until Nov. 1 – Alder Health Services: Win one of the cutest cars on the road in the Fiat raffle. $15 per ticket or 3 tickets for $30 on sale until Nov 1st, http://www.alderhealth.org. Alder Health offers lgbt-friendly primary and family medical care in Lancaster and Harrisburg locations. 1-800-867-1550

Nov. 9 – LGBT Community Center’s annual FAB Dinner at the Harrisburg Hilton and 3rd in the Burg at the center’s gallery every 3rd Friday evening. http://www.centralpalgbtcenter.org/

PA Judge Orders Halt to Same-sex Marriage Licenses

September 12, 2013

by Justin Snow, Metro Weekly
September 12, 2013

A Pennsylvania judge Thursday ordered a county clerk to cease issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, declaring the clerk’s actions as outside the scope of his legal authority.

Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini ruled that Montgomery County register of wills D. Bruce Hanes violated state law when he began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples earlier this summer. Hanes said he determined prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying was a violation of the state’s equal protection clause

According to Pellegrini, only the General Assembly may suspend its own statutes, only courts have the authority to determine the constitutionality of a statute and all statutes are presumptively constitutional.

“Unless and until either the General Assembly repeals or suspends the Marriage Law provisions or a court of competent jurisdiction orders that the law is not to be obeyed or enforced, the Marriage Law in its entirety is to be obeyed and enforced by all Commonwealth public officials,” Pellegrini wrote.

The Health Department of Republican Gov. Tom Corbett filed a lawsuit against Hanes, arguing his actions upset the uniformity of marriage licenses issued throughout the state, and arguments were heard last week. Hanes issued a total of 174 licenses to same-sex couples, including four on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

“I decided to come down on the right side of history and the law,” Hanes told thePhiladelphia Inquirer in July after announcing he was willing to grant a marriage license to a same-sex couple that had applied and that he would wish them “all the freedom, independence, happiness, and rights that our commonwealth’s constitution purports to grant to them.”

Hanes’s decision followed that of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat, who announced two weeks after the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional that she would not defend the state’s law prohibiting same-sex marriage. In July, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging the Pennsylvania law is unconstitutional.

Pennsylvania is the only Northeastern state that does not permit same-sex marriage nor civil unions for same-sex couples.