THE DUST had hardly settled after Tuesday’s primary — if such a meagerly attended election could be said to raise dust — and Gov. Tom Corbett was in full campaign mode for November, asserting that if elected newly minted Democratic nominee Tom Wolf would jeopardize job growth with new taxes such as a 5 percent severance tax on gas drilling. Mr. Corbett appeared with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Marcellus Shale workers in a tent at the Southpointe office park in Washington County. Mr. Perry endorsed the anti-tax stance, but his presence was a reminder that Texas itself has a severance tax. Buckle up — the ride to the general election is going to be bumpy.
THE DUST had hardly settled after U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III had declared Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional on Tuesday when, the next day, gay couples were joyously lining up at courthouses across the state to get marriage licenses. The first such couple to marry in Allegheny County were wed by District Judge Hugh McGough in Squirrel Hill; Pamela VanHaitsma, 35, and Jess Garrity, 38, had applied to Common Pleas Court for the usual three-day waiting period to be waived. Congratulations to all the newlyweds and also to Gov. Corbett, who personally doesn’t approve of gay marriage but had wisdom enough not to appeal.
THE DUST may never settle on some wedding customs, but that doesn’t mean newlyweds won’t try. The tradition at wedding receptions in these parts is to have a cookie table, but one man and one woman, Adam Causgrove and Chelsea Banks of Mount Washington, plan to have another sort of table when they marry at the end of the month. As reported Thursday in the Post-Gazette Food section, a bacon table will be set up for guests after their wedding in Niles, Ohio, the bride’s hometown. Congratulations to them, too, but if guests pig out, it won’t be dust that needs to settle, but stomachs. Maybe one of their gifts will be Pepto-Bismol.