Pennsylvania
News from within the borders of Pennsylvania and the fight for LGBT equality there. Learn more about past and present obstacles toward achieving equality in Pennsylvania, including hate crimes law, transgender rights, adoption, and other rights denied to same-sex couples and LGBT people. The Advocate also covers the campaigns of groups opposed to marriage equality and explores how gay marriage is covered in mainstream media. We stay on top of developments so that you can stay informed about this issue.
HHS Orders Insurers to Cover All Married Same-Sex Couples
March 14 2014 4:14 PM ET

HHS Orders Insurers to Cover All Married Same-Sex Couples

Sunnivie Brydum

If insurance companies provide family benefits to married opposite-sex couples, they must offer the same benefits to legally married same-sex couples, the Department of Health and Human Services said today.

Pa. Gov. Comes Out for LGBT Employment Protections
December 18 2013 2:48 PM ET

Pa. Gov. Comes Out for LGBT Employment Protections

Sunnivie Brydum

Philadelphia's Republican governor is making waves with his newly expressed support for employment nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people in his state.

Gay Teacher Fired After Obtaining Marriage License
December 08 2013 3:31 PM ET

Gay Teacher Fired After Obtaining Marriage License

Sunnivie Brydum

A 12-year-teaching veteran was fired from a Catholic high school in Pennsylvania immediately after he applied for a marriage license with his same-sex partner in neighboring New Jersey Friday.

Is Pennsylvania the Next Marriage Equality State?
November 24 2013 2:36 PM ET

Is Pa. the Next Marriage Equality State?

Neal Broverman

Whitewood v. Wolf will be heard in U.S. District Court in June.

Trans Teen Won't Be Homecoming King, But Can Start a GSA
October 30 2013 7:09 PM ET

Trans Teen Won't Be Homecoming King, But Can Start a GSA

Sunnivie Brydum

Kasey Caron wasn't allowed to run for homecoming king, but he will be allowed to start a gay-straight alliance at his Pennsylvania high school, the first GSA in the region. He'll also be allowed to wear the blue cap and gown designated for male students at graduation.

Philadelphia Passes Sweeping LGBT-Inclusive Reform
October 28 2013 12:31 PM ET October 30 2013 3:31 PM ET

Philadelphia Passes Sweeping LGBT-Inclusive Reform

Sunnivie Brydum

The legislation, signed by Mayor Nutter Thursday, mandates that all new city-owned buildings be equipped with gender-neutral restrooms and offers tax credits to businesses that offer LGBT-inclusive benefits.

Out Pa. Rep. Brian Sims Responds to Gov.'s Incest Comparison
October 04 2013 4:29 PM ET

Out Rep. Brian Sims Responds to Gov.'s Incest Comparison

Nicholas Cimarusti

Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Sims wrote a Facebook status update in response to governor Tom Corbett's interview on Friday, in which the Republican governor compared same-sex marriage to incest.

WATCH: Out State Rep. Brian Sims Introduces Pa. Marriage Equality Act
October 03 2013 8:36 PM ET October 04 2013 12:26 PM ET

WATCH: Out Lawmaker Introduces Pa. Marriage Equality Act

Sunnivie Brydum

Meanwhile, a state official said that extending marriage benefits to same-sex couples was like 'giving money to people's pets.'

Pa. Pastor Fired After Officiating Gay Wedding
September 26 2013 1:41 PM ET

Pa. Pastor Fired After Officiating Gay Wedding

Sunnivie Brydum

The Rev. Ken Kline Smeltzer was asked to leave his pastoral post at a Pennsylvania church after he performed a wedding for a gay couple in State College.

Pa. School Board: Trans Student Can't Run for Homecoming King
September 24 2013 9:05 PM ET

School Board: Trans Student Can't Run for Homecoming King

Trudy Ring

A school board in Johnstown, Pa., declined to override school administrators' decision not to let Kasey Caron be listed as a king candidate.

No More Same-Sex Marriages in Pa., Orders Judge
September 12 2013 5:23 PM ET

Stop the Pa. Gay Weddings, Orders Judge

Sunnivie Brydum

More than 170 same-sex couples have already received marriage licenses since county official D. Bruce Hanes announced in July that he'd defy state law and marry gay and lesbian couples.

WATCH: Male Driver's License Isn't Enough to Let Trans Teen Run for Homecoming King
September 10 2013 3:11 PM ET

Pa. School Won't Let Trans Teen Run for Homecoming King

Sunnivie Brydum

Members of the Richland School District board did not grant Kasey Caron's request to be listed on the male ballot for homecoming king at his high school, despite Caron's proof of legal gender change.

Trans Teen Takes on Pa. School to Run for Homecoming King
September 09 2013 3:33 PM ET

Trans Teen Takes on Pa. School to Run for Homecoming King

Sunnivie Brydum

Richland High School senior Kasey Caron has turned to the media to pressure his high school to let him run for homecoming king.

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