The York County Federation of Democratic Women will hold its monthly meeting Saturday, Jan. 25, with a local guest speaker who has fought to have same-sex marriage recognized.

York City resident Delma Welch, who's a member of the federation, is an activist for the gay community and the National Organization of Women. Welch is expected speak about her work to establish marriage equality in Pennsylvania, a mission that made local headlines after she and her wife were married last year with a marriage license issued in Montgomery County.

While Pennsylvania law prohibits gay marriage, Montgomery County officials have said they believe that ban is unconstitutional, and the issue is being challenging the ban in court.

The meeting, which is open to the public, is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to come for lunch at 11:30 a.m.

All meetings are held the fourth Saturday of each month at Hoss's Steak and Seafood, 2175 White St. in West Manchester Township.

The group promotes the appointment and election of Democratic women to positions in all branches of government, encourages the advancement of women in both the public and private sectors, and advocates the core values of the Democratic Party.

New local officers are President Alana Haag, Vice-President Deborah Yonick-Kalina, Secretary-Treasurer Darlene Smith, and Membership Secretary Corlyn Griggs.

For more information, visit www.yorkdemwomen.


org or call or email Alana Haag at 244-5046 and

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