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Host: Scott LaMar

STF: No gender orientation discrimination law in PA; Semi-open primaries?; Foster care in PA; WW II vets recount stories for Memorial Day

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | May 22, 2014 2:54 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Friday:

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Pennsylvania became the 19th state where same-sex couples can marry as the result of a federal court ruling earlier this week.  Hundreds of gay couples have already applied for marriage licenses and either have or will marry soon.

While gay men and women are still celebrating the court ruling, they still are concerned about being discriminated against on the job or where they choose to live.

That's because Pennsylvania has no law against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Ted Martin of Equality PA appears on Smart Talk Friday to discuss efforts to change that.

Also on the program, Democratic Sen. Rob Teplitz of Dauphin County has proposed allowing independent voters to cast ballots in Pennsylvania primary elections.  Independents could only vote for candidates in one party in what is known as a semi-open primary.  Sen. Teplitz explains.

Hearts and Homes xo is a concert featuring country star Jimmy Wayne Saturday afternoon at Harrisburg's Forum.  The money raised will go toward scholarships for foster and adoptive children in Pennsylvania.  We'll learn more about foster care and kids.

Finally, we reach into our archives for The War Stories: A WITF Collection.  Central Pennsylvania World War II veterans or those who supported the war effort on the homefront tell their stories as we begin the Memorial Day weekend.

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  • Zandra Peaceloveliberty Bishop img 2014-05-23 06:28

    On "semi-open primaries"...

    IMHO we should get rid of primaries. Why are taxpayers footing the bill for PRIVATE Party organizations to conduct their internal business- nominating their candidate and choosing Party Committee People??? Then open up ballot access in the general election so that multiple parties are routinely present.

    PA would probably have at least 5 parties to choose from in the general election, immediately! We have very active Libertarian, Green, and Constitution Party organizations. But the way things are today the Republicans and Democrats spend a lot of time and money knocking these parties OFF THE BALLOT!

    I believe one of the main reasons people don't vote is because they don't fit in one of only two choices. We have a taxpayer funded R/D monopoly and people are sick of that. We need variety and viable options in our general elections.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-05-23 08:01

    Thomas emails a question:

    I want to know if Pennsylvania's recognition of same sex marriage effects common law marriages?, or even if there is still a "common law" law?