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Fifth Anniversary of Same-Sex Marriage in Pennsylvania / Horse Racing Deaths

Written by Benjamin Pontz, Associate Producer and Merideth Bucher, Producer | May 21, 2019 4:00 AM


Nancy Janda, left, and her new spouse Larisa Van Winkle, right, parade through the streets of downtown Pittsburgh after being one of 19 same-sex couples married by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto in a marriage ceremony held in the Pittsburgh City Council chambers, Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


What to look for on Smart Talk, Tuesday, May 21, 2019: 

On May 20, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones ruled in Whitewood v. Wolf that Pennsylvania's laws prohibiting same-sex marriage were unconstitutionalpaving the way for same-sex couples to get married in Pennsylvania and ensuring already-married couples' marriages would be recognized. 

Twenty-three plaintiffs from across the Commonwealth had filed a lawsuit through the American Civil Liberties Union after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 in U.S. v. Windsor. 

Joining us on Tuesday's Smart Talk to discuss the impact of this ruling five years later, as well as the ongoing challenges facing the LGBT community in Pennsylvania, are Jason Landau Goodman, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Youth Congress, and Amanda Arbour, Executive Director of the LGBT Center of Central PA.

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Jason Landau Goodman and Amanda Arbour


Also, horseracing is an exciting spectator sporting event and big business in Pennsylvania. It is also high-risk, to both horse and jockey. In fact, racehorse dies every week in Pennsylvania; a shocking statistic by any measure. 

Why do racehorses die with such frequency and what can be done to improve outcomes? 

Appearing on Smart Talk to discuss the industry's horse safety and health challenges is Dr. Kate Papp, DVM, Veterinarian and Co-founder of PA Racehorse Rehoming and Dr. Bryan Langlois, President of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association and Medical Director of the Pet Pantry of Lancaster County.

On Tuesday at 10pm, HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel will investigates racehorse deaths, as well. Dr. Kate Papp appears on the program.

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Dr. Bryan Langlois, DVM and Dr. Kate Papp, DVM


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