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Pennsylvania is the 2nd U.S. state, admitted to the Union on Dec. 12, 1787. Its most populous city is Philadelphia, and its capital is Harrisburg.

Marriage Equality: Pennsylvania has had a statute defining marriage as the union of “one man and one woman” and banning the recognition of same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions since 1996. Repeated attempts to pass a constitutional amendment have failed in the state legislature since 2006. State laws banning same-sex marriage are currently being challenged in state and federal court; the cases are Ballen v. Corbett (State) and Whitewood v. Wolf (Federal)

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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Pa. county extends same-sex marriage benefits deadline

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014
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PITTSBURGH -- One western Pennsylvania county is pushing back a deadline for its employees to marry their same-sex partners in order for those partners to keep health care and other benefits.

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Pa. county to require same-sex couples to marry to retain benefits

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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PITTSBURGH -- One western Pennsylvania county is cutting off benefits to same-sex partners of its employees unless they're married. Allegheny County officials say they're changing the policy now that a federal judge has allowed same-sex couples to marry in Pennsylvania. The county once limited benefits to those married to county employees...

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Judge rejects county clerk’s bid to appeal Pa. same-sex marriage ruling

| Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Theresa Santai-Gaffney
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A federal judge who overturned Pennsylvania's law banning same-sex marriage is rejecting a bid by a county official from eastern Pennsylvania to appeal it. U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III issued his decision Wednesday on the request by Schuylkill County Orphans Court Clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney.

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Police officer investigated for forceful arrest at Pittsburgh pride event

| Monday, June 16, 2014
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PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A Pittsburgh police officer has been put on desk duty after video surfaced showing him punching a woman at the city's LGBT pride parade and festival. Mayor Bill Peduto said Monday the officer will remain on restricted duty for a month during an internal investigation.

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Pittsburgh mayor officiates weddings for 19 same-sex couples

| Monday, June 16, 2014
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PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has officiated his first weddings since taking office in January, presiding over a group ceremony for 19 same-sex couples in City Council chambers. The weddings coincided with the Pittsburgh Pridefest, and some of the couples had marched in the Pride Parade before they were married on Sunday.

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County official asks judge to allow her to appeal Pa. gay marriage ruling

| Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Theresa Santai-Gaffney
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A county official from eastern Pennsylvania is asking a federal judge to allow her to appeal his decision to overturn Pennsylvania's law barring the recognition of same-sex marriage. Gov. Tom Corbett's administration was defending the law, but declined to appeal Jones' May 20 decision to strike it down.

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Arrest made in robbery, rape of tourist who met his attacker on Grindr

| Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA -- An arrest has been made in an April attack on a Canadian tourist who says he was held at gunpoint and raped in his hotel room by a man he met using the gay hook-up app Grindr. Police arrested 26-year-old Douglass Casey and set bail at $1 million.

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Judge says he saw no proof that same-sex marriage destroys families

| Monday, June 9, 2014
U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III
The federal judge who struck down Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage said Monday he saw no proof that same-sex marriage destroys the strength of families. U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III, responding to criticism of his decision, noted that Gov. Tom Corbett's administration did not even try to establish such a link in the case before him.

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Klingenschmitt: A demonic spirit caused judge in Pa. marriage case to ‘conspire against God’

KYLE MANTYLA | Right Wing Watch | Monday, June 2, 2014
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On Monday's "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Former Navy chaplain Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt reacted to last month's ruling striking down Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage by declaring that the judge who issued the ruling was controlled by a demonic spirit that led him to "conspire against God."

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Pittsburgh mayor to officiate mass same-sex wedding at pride event

| Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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PITTSBURGH -- The mayor of Pittsburgh has announced plans to officiate marriages for same-sex couples next month following last week's federal court decision striking down the commonwealth's gay marriage ban.

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