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July 25, 2014

Stonestreet's TV character recently married his male spouse on ABC hit

Eric Stonestreet plays one of the most high-profile gay characters on television while Rick Santorum is one of the most high-profile opponents of gay marriage.

So when the two men encountered each other at the White House Correspondents Dinner this year, Stonestreet was surprised to have the former US Senator from Pennsylvania ask to be in a photo with him.

The two-time Emmy winning actor just could not do it.

July 10, 2014

US Supreme Court Samuel A. Alito, Jr. offers no comment in his denial of Clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney's appeal

A Pennsylvania county clerk will not get a chance to defend the state's same-sex ban to the Supreme Court.

According to SCOTUSblog, on 9 July Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. denied, without comment, Theresa Santai-Gaffney's appeal of a lower court's ruling.

The judge's rejection seems to be the clerk's final legal option.

July 5, 2014

'Our plan is to file something with the US Supreme Court because we believe Theresa is a proper party and we believe that intervention is appropriate'

A Pennsylvania county clerk faces a difficult challenge in her attempt to uphold the state's defunct law against same-sex marriage.

On 3 July the US 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed Theresa Santai-Gaffney's appeal of a lower court's rejection of her wish to defend the state's gay marriage ban.

In late May, US District Judge John E. Jones III struck down the state's prohibition against marriage equality.

July 3, 2014

Australian LGBTI rights activist Tony Pitman has crunched the numbers to find one-in-ten human beings now live in jurisdictions where same-sex couples are allowed to marry

A new analysis undertaken by Melbourne, Australia based LGBTI rights activist Tony Pitman has revealed that over ten per cent of the world’s population now lives in jurisdictions where same-sex couples can marry.

Pitman calculates that the legalization of same-sex marriage in the US state of Pennsylvania was the tipping point.

The world’s population is 7,176,000,000 and as of May 725,000,000 people live in countries or jurisdictions within countries where same-sex couples may marry.

June 25, 2014

Reverend Frank Schaefer performed son's gay wedding and was defrocked for refusing to promise not to perform more ceremomies

Reverend Frank Schaefer is leaving Pennsylvania and heading to California.

The United Methodist Church pastor, defrocked after officiating his son’s same-sex wedding, was reinstated this with back pay and has received a new assignment.

Schaefer had been pastor at Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in Pennsylvania's South Lebanon Township for 11 years when he was defrocked.

Schaefer’s request to be transfered to the church's California-Pacific Conference has been granted. He will be appointed to to the Isla Vista Student Ministry in Santa Barbara.

June 24, 2014

The Moravian Church in North America’s Northern Province voted Sunday to allow gays and lesbians to become clergy and also to create a religious ceremony by which to bless same-sex unions

The 2014 Synod of the Northern Province of the Moravian Church in North America has approved same-sex clergy and a new religious rite to bless same-sex unions in a vote of 181-62.

The province’s Book of Order will also be revised to reflect the new policy.

The Northern Province is the Moravian Church’s largest province in North America and covers churches in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, California, Ontario and Alberta.

June 24, 2014

Reverend Frank Schaefer was convicted of disobeying church law when he refused to promise to never perform another same-sex marriage ceremomy

A pastor who was defrocked in November for officiating his son’s same-sex wedding has been reinstated with back pay.

Reverend Frank Schaefer, a Pennsylvania United Methodist minister, had been convicted under church law of disobeying the church after he refused to never perform another gay marriage.

Schaefer appealed his dismissal and a nine-member church judicial panel on Tuesday (24 June) overturned the church's earlier ruling.

June 20, 2014

Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and other speakers appeared before less than 2,000 people

The National Organization's March for Marriage event on Thursday (19 June) drew failed Republican presidential hopefuls Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee as speakers.

But the much-ballyhooed event in Washington DC failed to draw much of a crowd.

The Human Rights Campaign tweeted a photo of the sparse crowd at the anti-gay marriage event that was estimated to have been attended by between 1,000 and 2,000 people.

June 20, 2014

Former US senator from Pennsylvania remains outspoken foe of marriage equality

There is certainly irony in the fact that the federal judge who struck down the state of Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage last month had his nomination to the bench supported by Rick Santorum.

Santorum was a US senator from Pennsylvania when US District Court Judge John E. Jones III was nominated and now regrets his support back in 2002.

June 20, 2014

Former US senator from Pennsylvania remains outspoken foe of marriage equality

There is certainly irony in the fact that the federal judge who struck down the state of Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage last month had his nomination to the bench supported by Rick Santorum.

Santorum was a US senator from Pennsylvania when US District Court Judge John E. Jones III was nominated and now regrets his support back in 2002.

June 16, 2014

Clip filmed at Pittsburgh Pride appears to show a girl grabbed by the neck by a policeman surrounded by several eyewitnesses

A disturbing video has emerged of a cop appearing to attack a teen at a Gay Pride.

The clip, filmed at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, shows an officer seeming to grab a girl by the neck.

Eyewitness Autumn Huntera shared the video on Facebook late Sunday afternoon (15 June).

It shows several people watching as one girl is on the floor. ‘Oh shit,’ one says, as a male voice states: ‘She’s going to get arrested.’

The cop appears to grab the girl by the hair and attack her. A woman shouts ‘What are you doing?’ before the 14-second video ends.

June 4, 2014

Openly gay Pennsylvania Democrat Brian Sims has predicted the United States will elect an openly gay man to its highest office within ten years in an interview with French gay magazine Tetu

One of the most prominent openly gay state lawmakers in the United States has said he believes there will be an openly gay person elected President of the United States by 2024.

Pennsylvania State House of Representative lawmaker Brian Sims made the prediction in an interview with French gay magazine Tetu published on Monday in which he also praised President Barack Obama’s leadership on LGBTI rights.

June 4, 2014

Openly gay Pennsylvania Democrat Brian Sims has predicted the United States will elect an openly gay man to its highest office within ten years in an interview with French gay magazine Tetu

One of the most prominent openly gay state lawmakers in the United States has said he believes there will be an openly gay person elected President of the United States by 2024.

Pennsylvania State House of Representative lawmaker Brian Sims made the prediction in an interview with French gay magazine Tetu published on Monday in which he also praised President Barack Obama’s leadership on LGBTI rights.

May 29, 2014

Mayor Bill Peduto will officiated over the marriages of 20 same-sex couples during Pittsburgh’s PrideFest to celebrate the legalization of gay marriage in his state of Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has announced he will perform the marriages of up to 20 same-sex couples during his city’s PrideFest in June and his city will foot the bill for their wedding and reception.

The mass wedding ceremony will be held on 15 June in Pittsburgh’s Triangle Park Downtown, between Fifth and Liberty avenues adjacent to the Fairmont Hotel.

Following a 2pm ceremony, the hotel will host a reception for the couples.

May 28, 2014

Pennsylvania's Charlie Dent: 'In future generations the label same-sex marriage will be abandoned, to be replaced simply by marriage'

A sitting Republican member of the US House of Representatives publicly supporting gay marriage?

It has happened.

While the GOP remain officially against same-sex marriage, Pennsylvania Congressman Charlie Dent went on the record Wednesday (28 May) stating that he will no longer be toeing the party line on this issue.

May 28, 2014

Pennsylvania's Charlie Dent: 'In future generations the label same-sex marriage will be abandoned, to be replaced simply by marriage'

A sitting Republican member of the US House of Representatives publicly supporting gay marriage?

It has happened.

While the GOP remain officially against same-sex marriage, Pennsylvania Congressman Charlie Dent went on the record Wednesday (28 May) stating that he will no longer be toeing the party line on this issue.

May 24, 2014

Earlier this week a federal judge ruled the northeast US state's ban on  gay marriage was unconstitutional

Hotels in Philadelphia are reporting a flurry of phone calls about weddings ever since a judge struck down Pennsylvania's marriage ban.

On 20 May, US District Judge John E. Jones III ruled in a suit brought by 11 same-sex couples, a widow, and two teenage daughters of one of the couples.

May 22, 2014

The ‘Out on the Fields’ study will be the first to measure the level of homophobia in the sporting arena in different countries and is taking place now to report back in time for the world cup of gay rugby in August

The first international study on homophobia in sport is aiming to shine a light on how often gay, lesbian and bisexual people face discrimination on and off the playing field.

Researchers will also gather national data for the USA to compare it with other countries to find which countries have sporting cultures that are the most welcoming of same-sex attracted people.

The ‘Out on the Fields’ study was launched in the wake of controversy around Michael Sam’s draft and in time for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

May 22, 2014

Creator Steve Levitan: 'I think its got an abundance of heart but I also think that it's a really funny episode'

The characters of Mitch and Cam become legally married tonight in the second of a two-part episode focusing on their wedding.

The episode airs on the same week that same-sex marriage became legal in the US states of Oregon and Pennsylvania and the marriage equality debate rages on in courtrooms, on cable television and online message boards.

But the creators and cast members of the multiple-Emmy winning ABC comedy have stuck to their unofficial motto of ‘comedy first’ when it comes to their same-sex nuptials.

May 22, 2014

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett: 'The case is extremely unlikely to succeed on appeal'

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announced Wednesday (21 May) that he will not be appealing a ruling by a federal judge this week which struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Corbett, a Roman Catholic, makes clear in a statement that the decision is a politically pragmatic one and that he personally remains opposed to marriage equality.

May 20, 2014

Coming one day after Oregon ban was lifted, it's the 14th consecutive marriage equality victory in the US

A federal judge today struck down the gay marriage ban in Pennsylvania, the only northeast US state that did not allow gay marriage or civil unions.

The ruling by US District Judge John E. Jones III comes one day after a similar ban was struck down in the state of Oregon which immediately became the 18th US state with marriage equality.

With no stay issued by Jones, Pennsylvania becomes the 19th state where same-sex marriage is legal.

May 8, 2014

Former US senator grilled over anti-gay marriage views on conservative Fox News Channel

Anti-gay Republican Rick Santorum said this week that 'liberal study after liberal study' shows that stable married relationships help the economy.

He agrees - as long as you're not talking about same-sex marriages.

'What we need to do is have the father and mother raise those children and that means a man and woman bringing to a child what a man and woman can bring and that's what we should be focused on,' Santorum told host Neil Cavuto during an appearance on Fox News Channel.

May 7, 2014

25-year-old Dino Dizdarević was discovered strangled in a car lot in Chester, Pennsylvania last Thursday and police are concerned that he may have met his killer through a hook up app

25-year-old Dino Dizdarević was found beaten so badly that police had to identify him using his clothes in a Pennsylvania car lot last Thursday after telling his boyfriend that he was going to meet a man from Grindr the previous night.

He had been strangled and had 'multiple blunt-force trauma injuries to the face.'

Dizdarević and boyfriend Nick McBee were in an open relationship and when Dizdarević failed to return home on Wednesday night from his date McBee became worried, so he filed a missing person’s report the next morning.

April 30, 2014

With just nine days until graduation, Pasadena City College still has no commencement speaker

Instead of an Academy Award winning alumnus delivering the commencement speech at Pasadena City College next month, the Southern California school has no one at all.

With nine days until graduation, the school is dealing with a second fiasco involving its scheduled commencement speaker.

Black's invitation was rescinded earlier this month because of long ago leaked sex photos and now Dr. Eric Walsh, Pasadena’s director of public health, has also not panned out.