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(Villanova Law School's 
fall 2013 "CARES" team, including Prof. Michele Pistone, far left; Joseph Catuzzi '14, fourth from left; and Michelle Majkut '14, fourth from right.  Image provided by Villanova U., used with permission.)

Villanova Law Students Help Gay Russian Man Gain US Asylum

A group of Villanova University law students have helped gain asylum in the United States for a Russian man who claims he was persecuted for years in his home country because he is gay.

12/19/2013

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Philadelphia Rated Most Gay-friendly City In Pa.

When it comes to the inclusivity of policies, laws and services in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love earns a perfect score.

11/20/2013

(US Sen. Pat Toomey, in Philadelphia last June.  File photo by John Ostapkovich)

Sen. Toomey Breaks With Party To Advance LGBT Job Rights

But the conservative senator from Lehigh County has carved a careful path in casting his vote.

11/05/2013

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Mayor Nutter Signs Groundbreaking LGBT Rights Legislation

Mayor Michael Nutter signed a groundbreaking bill today, making Philadelphia one of the friendliest cities when it comes to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered rights.

05/09/2013

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Annual LGBT Rights Conference Opens in Philadelphia

But even as the American public becomes more accepting of the LGBT community, Pennsylvania has been slow to make a move when it comes to same-sex marriage or to expand LGBT civil rights.

05/02/2013

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Ayanbadejo Says As Many As Four Gay NFL Players Could Come Out At Once

NFL player Brendon Ayanbadejo says as many as four gay players could go public at once.

04/05/2013

(A City of Philadelphia street sign pays homage to a gay rights pioneer.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Gets Highest Rating For Its LGBT Stances

Gloria Casarez, director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs, says the city was ranked #1 in a survey of the large cities in the country by the Human Rights Campaign’s “Municipal Equality Index.”

11/29/2012

(JONAH co-director Arthur Goldberg is named a defendant in a lawsuit over "conversion therapy," which the group claims can turn a gay person straight.  Photo from jonahweb.org)

Anti-Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’ Under Fire in NJ and Pa.

“Minors deserve special protection,” says State Rep. Babette Josephs. “Nothing should be done to them that’s contrary to acceptable medical practice.”

11/28/2012

President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. (Getty Images/Luke Sharrett and Joe Raedle)

CBS Local Presidential Forum: Obama/Romney: Debate Supreme Court Nominees

With four of nine U.S. Supreme Court justices in their 70s and the next president in the position of possibly shaping the future of affirmative action, gay rights, abortions, and more with appointments he might make should any openings occur, the question of what kind of nominee he might put forth was posed to President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney in the CBS Local President Forum.

10/18/2012

(A City of Philadelphia street sign pays homage to a gay rights pioneer.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

In Philadelphia’s ‘Gayborhood,’ Testimony To A Gay Rights Pioneer

A community choir heralded the dedication of the block of Locust Street between 12th and 13th Streets as “Barbara Gittings Way.”

10/01/2012

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Opinion: Romney and Ryan Are Real Life Versions Of GOP Caricatures Of Kerry and Gore

In an odd turn of events, the Republicans in Tampa nominated real life versions of their cartoon versions of Kerry and Gore. Republicans thought John Kerry should be criticized for changing positions. But Kerry is not in the same league as Romney who ran as a pro-choice candidate and promised to do more for gay rights than Ted Kennedy.

09/04/2012

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Opinion: Rev. William Owens Confronts Barack Obama On Same-Sex Marriage

Rev. William Owens takes great issue with Obama’s linkage of Dr. King’s civil rights movement of the past to the current gay rights movement regarding same-sex marriage. Owens says that King embraced traditional religion, and he strongly suggests that King would not want his civil rights’ mission altered to include same-sex marriage.

08/03/2012

Chick-fil-A in South Philadelphia (credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Councilman Blasts Chick-Fil-A Prez For Comments Against Gay Marriage

Philadelphia councilman Jim Kenney, in a letter, tells Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy to “take a hike and take your intolerance with you.”

07/26/2012

(The Boys Scouts' chapter headquarters, at 22nd and Winter Streets in Philadelphia, was at the center of a civil rights tug-of-war between the Scouts and the city.  File photo)

Judge Orders City of Phila. To Repay $877,000 in Legal Fees to Boy Scouts

The City of Philadelphia has been ordered to pay hefty legal fees to the local Boy Scouts chapter, which was involved in a federal trial over the national Boy Scouts’ controversial policy of banning gays.

03/21/2012

(Pres. Obama shakes hands with gay rights activist Frank Kameny on June 17th  after signing a memorandum on federal benefits and non-discrimination.  Credit:  Alex Wong/ Getty Images)

Pioneering Gay Rights Activist Frank Kameny Dead at 86

The man credited as being this country’s first gay rights activist, and who made Philadelphia a base for his fight, has died.

10/12/2011

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