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Friction over LGBT issues as pope plans US visit

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Philadelphia's Archbishop Charles Chaput, right, stands next to Pope Francis as they pose for a photo with a delegation from Philadelphia at the end of the pontiff's weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
The tensions pose a real-world test of the pope's approach that emphasizes compassion -- while upholding Catholic doctrine that marriage is between a man and woman. ...

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Alleged attackers of gay Philly couple get continuance — for now

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
The trio of accused hate attackers, Philip Williams, 24, Kathryn Knott, 24, and Kevin Harrigan, 26, were arrested September 24, 2014.
The suspects are debating the plea bargain with their attorneys, probably to eke out a better deal. ...

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A school principal fired this teacher for being gay.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Margie Winters
Now, she wants to schedule a meeting to calm outraged parents. ...

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Will the firing of a gay teacher make the Catholic Church change its ways?

Sunday, August 9, 2015
Margie Winters
Margie Winters lost her job when a parent complained about her marriage to a woman. Now, she plans to talk to The Pope. ...

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Gay Catholic school teacher shut out at archdiocese offices

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Archbishop Charles Chaput says the Sisters of Mercy and board members who run Waldron Mercy Academy are simply being "honest" about the church's teaching.
Winters joked it was "because I'm so threatening" after handing the box of petitions to the guard. ...

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Judge deems gay couple as spouses after 1 partner’s death

Friday, July 31, 2015
Sabrina Maurer's case involves her fight over death benefits and inheritance taxes after the 2013 death of her partner, Kim Underwood.
A judge has recognized a 2001 same-sex union as a common-law marriage in Pennsylvania even though one partner died before gay marriage became legal. ...

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School principal writes letter to upset parents about fired lesbian teacher

Friday, July 17, 2015
Waldron Mercy Academy
Nell Stetser, principal of Waldron Mercy Academy, sent a letter to frustrated parents yesterday, writing that the faculty has been "challenged to our core" by the decision to fire Margie Winters. ...

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LGBT rights activists mark landmark 1965 demonstration

Sunday, July 5, 2015
Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the same-sex marriage case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, speaks during the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The event marks the 50th anniversary of a protest outside Independence Hall that would be a milestone in the fight for gay rights.
LGBT rights activists gathered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July to mark the progress of their movement and pay tribute to those who launched it a half-century ago - but also made it clear ...

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Lead plaintiff at center of same-sex marriage ruling honors early gay rights protesters

Friday, July 3, 2015
Jim Obergefell, center, the man at the center of the landmark Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling, looks to Malcolm Lazin, right, with the Equality Forum, after they laid down a wreath at the Gay Pioneers historical marker across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Philadelphia. Some 40 activists picketed for gay rights on July Fourth in 1965 at the site.
Regina Sullivan started crying as she squeezed her arms around the man at the center of the latest gay rights milestone: Jim Obergefell, whose lawsuit led to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage the law of the land. ...

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Philadelphia rainbow crosswalks mark 50th anniversary of LGBT rights demonstrations

Thursday, June 25, 2015
A woman walks past a rainbow crosswalk in support of the LGBT community at the intersection of 13th and Locust streets, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Philadelphia.
The rainbow crosswalks will be dedicated at the Annual Reminders Block Party on July 5 honoring the 50th anniversary of the first wave of U.S. LGBT rights group demonstrations. ...

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