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Judge rejects motions to downgrade charges in Philly gay bashing

Thursday, April 16, 2015
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A judge has refused to downgrade charges against three people accused of beating a gay couple on a Philadelphia street in September. [...]

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Philadelphia council member wants to make LGBT affairs office permanent

Sunday, March 22, 2015
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The Philadelphia City Council will consider asking voters to revise the city charter so that the Office of LGBT Affairs becomes a permanent part of city government. [...]

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Alleged Philadelphia gay bashers to face trial for aggravated assault, conspiracy

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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A Philadelphia judge has ordered three young adults to stand trial for an alleged attack on a gay couple in September that left one of the men with a broken jaw. [...]

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Philadelphia approves LGBT hate crime law following attack on same-sex couple

Thursday, October 30, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia's city council has passed a bill authorizing added penalties for gender identity and sexual orientation hate crimes that aren't covered under state law. The administration-backed bill won unanimous approval Thursday. Mayor Michael Nutter has two weeks to sign it into law. [...]

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Court hearing scheduled for three charged in Philadelphia gay bashing

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA -- Three young adults charged with beating a gay couple in Philadelphia are due in court Dec. 16 for a preliminary hearing. Police accuse the two men and a suburban police chief's daughter with taking part in an assault that left one man with a wired jaw. [...]

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Hundreds rally in Philadelphia to call for LGBT hate crimes protections

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Protestors demonstrate calling on Pennsylvania to add sexual orientation to its hate crime law at John F. Kennedy Plaza, also known as Love Park, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Philadelphia. The renewed call for the legislation comes in response to the Sept. 11 beating of a gay couple.
PHILADELPHIA — More than 200 people advocated for changes to the state’s hate-crimes law in the wake of the beating of a gay couple in downtown Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday that the crowd pushed for Pennsylvania’s anti-hate-crime law to include crimes motivated by sexual orientation. The rally was [...]

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Philly city council to introduce hate crime ordinance as state protections lag

Thursday, September 25, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA -- While Pennsylvania lawmakers push to advance statewide hate crimes protections that include sexual orientation and gender identity, members of the Philadelphia city council on Thursday will introduce their own measure that would add a hate crime chapter to the city code. [...]

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Suspects in Philadelphia couple’s gay bashing released on bail

Thursday, September 25, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA — The three young adults charged with beating a gay couple during a night out on the town in Philadelphia have been released on bail. KYW-TV reports that 24-year-old Philip Williams of Warminster, 24-year-old Kathryn Knott of Southampton and 26-year-old Kevin Harrigan of Warrington left the police department’s Central [...]

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Hospital suspends suspect in Philly gay bashing as new allegations surface

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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Kathryn Knott, one of three individuals charged in the beating of a Philadelphia gay couple, has been suspended from her job at a local hospital, and new information indicates she is also being investigated for alleged privacy violations and a series of tweets dating to 2012 that call into question [...]

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Three surrender, face charges in Philadelphia beating of gay couple

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA -- A week after online sleuths used social media to identify suspects in the beating of a gay couple, three suburban Philadelphia defendants surrendered to police Wednesday and were charged in what one defense lawyer called merely a "fist fight that got out of hand." [...]

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