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.
Activists Demand 'Respect' After Pa. Gov. Compares Same-Sex Couples to Children
August 29 2013 1:39 PM ET

Activists Demand 'Respect' After Pa. Gov. Compares Same-Sex Couples to Children

Sunnivie Brydum

Pennsylvania's governor said marriages between gay and lesbian couples are legally 'meaningless,' like marriages between 12-year-olds. The statewide equality organization was not pleased.

Pennsylvania Issues First Same-Sex Marriage License
July 24 2013 2:21 PM ET

First Same-Sex Marriage License Issued in Pennsylvania

Jase Peeples

Despite the fact that same-sex marriage is banned in Pennsylvania, Montgomery County has begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Penn. County Prepares to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
July 24 2013 11:09 AM ET

Penn. County Prepares Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Jase Peeples

Officials in Montgomery County say they are ready to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite the state’s ban.

Penn. AG Won't Defend State's Marriage Ban
July 11 2013 12:42 PM ET September 12 2013 5:26 PM ET

Penn. AG Won't Defend State's Marriage Ban

Sunnivie Brydum

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said she "cannot ethically defend the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's version of DOMA. I believe it to be wholly unconstitutional."

ACLU Sues for Marriage Equality in Pennsylvania
July 09 2013 2:56 PM ET

ACLU Sues for Marriage Equality in Pennsylvania

Jase Peeples

"Whether it's through litigation, the legislature, or the ballot box, we will continue to work to broaden the number of states where same-sex couples can marry," said ACLU spokeswoman Leslie Cooper.

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