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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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Archbishop: School that fired gay teacher showed ‘character’

Monday, July 13, 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.
Archbishop Charles Chaput (SHAP'-yoo) says the Sisters of Mercy and board members who run Waldron Mercy Academy are simply being "honest" about the church's teaching. The church opposes gay marriage. ...

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Mayoral candidate faults church in firing of gay teacher

Friday, July 10, 2015
Jim Kenney criticized Catholic Church officials, calling them "cowardly."
Jim Kenney says church officials should explain why teacher Margie Winters and her wife are threats to society. Winters lost her job last month as religious instruction director at suburban Waldron Mercy Academy after telling the school about her out-of-state ...

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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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Trial ordered for man in slaying of transgender woman

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
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A man has been ordered to stand trial in the stabbing death of a transgender woman in north Philadelphia earlier this year. ...

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Philadelphia boy scout council affirms policy allowing gay adult leaders

Friday, June 19, 2015
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The Cradle of Liberty Council vote Friday bans discrimination based on sexual orientation for scouts, leaders and employees. ...

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Philadelphia July 4th events to recall bold 1965 gay rights protest

Monday, June 15, 2015
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On the Fourth of July 50 years ago, when homosexuality was considered a mental illness and a same-sex couple's public declaration of love put their lives and livelihoods at risk, about 40 people took a stand by staging a peaceful ...

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