Attorney General Kane Issues Statement on Supreme Court Ruling Regarding Same Sex Marriage

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today released the following statement regarding the United States Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage: “Today’s landmark Supreme Court decision affirming the legality of same sex marriage is a victory not only for same sex
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New Poll About Marriage Equality Building In Pennsylvania

A newly released Quinnipiac poll has shed new light on Pennsylvanians’ views on marriage equality, said Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) in a statement released today. That poll, conducted earlier this month, concluded that although Pennsylvania voters are still divided on same-sex marriage, support is on the rise among (more...)

A Surrogate: To Make Dream Of Parenthood a Reality

The number of families who are looking for surrogates to carry their babies is growing every year. This method is becoming more known, and people could find this service in... the center City of Philadelphia, in Surrogate Services International. “You know in recent years, we look at people like (more...)

Why Do Americans Adopt Children from Abroad?

By Dr. Patrick W. Mason This essay is excerpted from the Living Book You Asked. The reasons Americans continue to adopt children around the world are likely as diverse as the families who adopt. Each family has its own story. While no formal studies have examined this question, (more...)

Statement by Acting Deputy Spokesperson on Russia’s Yakovlev Act

We deeply regret Russia’s passage of a law ending inter-country adoptions between the United States and Russia and restricting Russian civil society organizations that work with American partners.  American families have adopted over 60,000 Russian children over the past 20 years, and the vast majority of these (more...)

President Obama Speaks on the Shooting in Connecticut

President Obama made a statement from the Briefing Room on the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years.  And each time I learn the news I react not as a President, but as anybody else (more...)

Harvest Festival at Mount Pleasant

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will host a Harvest Festival at Mount Pleasant, where children and their families can meet local artisans and try their hand at traditional activities such as apple pressing, candle making, woodworking, weaving, and more. The event will feature a colonial beer brewing demonstration (more...)

President Obama on Coming Together to Remember September 11

President Obama marked the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks in his weekly address to the American people September 8 by remembering the innocent lives lost, honoring the first responders and men and women in uniform who have served and sacrificed to keep the
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Philadelphia Quarterly Homless Street Count Shows Decrease

The quarterly Point in Time Homeless Count revealed a 2 percent decrease in Philadelphia’s street homeless population. The recent count showed 588 persons living on city streets, as opposed to 601 last summer. “Since 2008, our Administration has been working in a systematic way to reduce homelessness by (more...)

President Obama on Armenian Remembrance Day

Statement by the President on Armenian Remembrance Day Today, we commemorate the Meds Yeghern, one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century.  In doing so, we honor the memory of the 1.5 million Armenians who were brutally massacred or marched to their deaths in the waning days (more...)

Immigration Voices of Change in Southeastern Pennsylvania

The Philadelphia region’s lengthy immigration history has included an ever-changing flow of people from many regions of the world. The 2010 census demonstrated the powerful impact immigrants continue to have today, as Philadelphia’s population grew for the first time in 60 years. Yet despite the myriad contributions (more...)

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