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Transgender teen struggling with depression, gender identity commits suicide

| Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Riley Matthew Moscatel
BRISTOL TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A transgender teen was killed when an Amtrak train hit him Monday afternoon in what officials are ruling a suicide. Officials say Riley Matthew Moscatel, 17, of Croydon, Pa. stepped in front of the oncoming passenger train around 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, and that the train traveled about a mile before it was able to come to a complete.

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Bakery refuses cake for same-sex couple after ‘talking to Jesus for 2 weeks’

| Thursday, August 14, 2014
Cake Pros in Schuylkill Haven, Pa.
SCHUYKILL HAVEN, Pa. -- A bakery in Schuylkill County, Pa., is the latest Pennsylvania business to deny service to a same-sex couple after the owner "talked to Jesus for two weeks." Jennifer and Bethany Petrich tells WBRE-TV they wanted a cake for a ceremony to renew their vows.

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Bridal shop won’t serve lesbian couples because it ‘would break God’s law’

| Friday, August 8, 2014
W.W. Bridal, Bloomsburg, Pa.
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- A bridal store's refusal to sell wedding gowns to a same-sex couple is stirring debate in a central Pennsylvania town. The Press Enterprise reports two women — who wish to remain anonymous — tried to schedule an appointment at W.W. Bridal Boutique in Bloomsburg, Pa., but were turned down after the shop owner learned they were a lesbian couple...

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Third Circuit denies Pa. clerk’s bid for en banc hearing to fight gay marriage case

| Monday, August 4, 2014
Theresa Santai-Gaffney
PHILADELPHIA -- A federal appeals court has rejected a Pennsylvania county clerk's latest effort to overturn a federal judge’s ruling allowing same-sex couples to marry in the state. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Monday denied a request by Theresa Santai-Gaffney, the Register of Wills and Orphans’ Court Clerk for ...

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Pa. clerk seeks ‘en banc’ hearing in bid to overturn same-sex marriage ruling

| Friday, July 18, 2014
Theresa Santai-Gaffney
POTTSVILLE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania county clerk seeking to overturn a federal judge’s ruling allowing same-sex couples to marry in the state, is now asking that the entire U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit consider her bid to defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Theresa Santai-Gaffney, the Register of Wills and Orphans’ Court Clerk for...

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Pa. county clerk not abandoning fight to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

| Saturday, July 12, 2014
Theresa Santai-Gaffney
POTTSVILLE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania county official seeking to overturn a federal judge's ruling allowing same-sex couples to marry in the state, says she's not abandoning her fight, even after a U.S. Supreme Court justice rejected her bid to put the ruling on hold while she tries to get standing in a legal case to stop them permanently.

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Pennsylvania wedding facility enforces a ‘no same-sex couples’ policy

| Friday, July 11, 2014
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NORTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania wedding venue has come under fire for refusing to allow a same-sex couple to marry at its facility. The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that The Inne of the Abingtons, located in North Abington, Pa., rejected a recent inquiry by a Greenfield Township woman to host her wedding at the facility because of ...

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Complaint filed against 36 Methodist pastors for blessing same-sex wedding

| Thursday, July 10, 2014
Bishop Peggy Johnson
PHILADELPHIA -- A complaint has been filed against 36 United Methodist ministers who blessed a same-sex wedding in Philadelphia in defiance of church law. The pastors blessed the Nov. 9 ceremony at Philadelphia's Arch Street United Methodist Church to show support for a colleague who faced church discipline for presiding over his gay son's wedding...

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Justice Alito denies clerk’s bid to halt same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito
WASHINGTON -- A U.S. Supreme Court justice has rejected a Pennsylvania county clerk's bid to stop gay marriages in the state while she tries to get standing in a legal case to stop them permanently. Without comment, Justice Samuel Alito on Wednesday rejected an appeal by Schuylkill County Orphans' Court Clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney. The clerk can appeal ...

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County clerk asks Supreme Court to halt same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania

| Monday, July 7, 2014
Theresa Santai-Gaffney
POTTSVILLE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania county official has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to suspend a federal ruling that allows gay couples to marry in the state. Theresa Santai-Gaffney, Schuylkill County’s register of wills and Orphans’ Court clerk, asked the high court on Thursday afternoon to stay the ruling while she pursues an appeal. Her request was...

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