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April 10, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Pope Francis on Friday issued a much-anticipated document on family that overturns no major teachings of the Catholic Church, but calls on its clergy to be compassionate and to welcome divorced-and-remarried couples, gays, and those who live in an "imperfect manner. " The church and its clergy have been "wasting pastoral energy on denouncing a decadent world without proactively proposing ways to finding true happiness," Francis wrote in the document, titled "Amoris Laetitia ," or "The Joy of Love.
TRAVEL
April 4, 2016
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NEWS
March 25, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
What happens in Georgia could be good for Pennsylvania. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Georgia's governor Nathan Deal has been sent a religious liberty bill by the state legislature which some claim would legalize anti-gay discrimination. Georgia has become a popular place to shoot movies over the past few years and you know which industry isn't a big fan of anti-gay discrimination? The movie industry. Disney and its Marvel Studios film unit said it will not shoot future movies in Georgia if the bill is signed into law. Viacom, 21st Century Fox, Lionsgate, CBS as well as the AMC Networks ( The Walking Dead shoots in Georgia)
NEWS
March 16, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
When Cape May County's LGBT organization was asked to sponsor a needleworking group, Craig van Baal was reluctant. "He said it might perpetuate a stereotype - a bunch of queens sitting around knitting," recalls fiber artist Francesca Geores. But she persisted, and van Baal, vice president of GABLES, came to realize that knitting for charity was an endeavor that could attract all sorts of people. "I went back to our mantra," he says. "We are the gay group doing good things for the entire community.
NEWS
March 16, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The Bucks County woman convicted for her role in a 2014 attack on a gay couple in Center City will not get a reduced jail sentence, a Philadelphia judge ruled Monday. Common Pleas Court Judge Roxanne Covington called appropriate the five- to 10-month prison term she imposed on Kathryn Knott, and chided Knott for a "complete disconnection with the incident itself and a failure to take personal responsibility herself for the crimes she was convicted of. " Covington told Knott, 25, that she remained "in need of correction" and that a lesser sentence would "depreciate the seriousness of the crimes.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I've been with my fiance for three years, and I'm very much in love. A few months ago, I asked to use his phone to look up something on the Internet because my battery had died. It opened up to a gay porn site! I was shocked and asked him whether it was something he was looking at. He admitted that it was. Nothing like this has happened to me before, so I began asking whether that's what he likes and is into. He assured me the answer was no. He said he looked because he was simply curious about it. He told me he loves women and doesn't want to be with men. He said he was just looking.
NEWS
March 6, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
The football players at Conestoga High School had a nickname for the rituals they performed each week, according to prosecutors. No-Gay Thursday. Some players avoided the locker room that day, when players considered certain sexual behavior permissible. The hazing at the elite Chester County public school, routinely ranked near the top academically in national ratings, escalated into assault one day last fall, authorities said Friday. Three seniors, including a team captain, grabbed a freshman they didn't like, who was trying to leave the locker room during a hazing ritual.
NEWS
March 3, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A Philadelphia judge Tuesday agreed to hear a resentencing motion in the case of Kathryn Knott, the Bucks County woman jailed for her participation in an attack on a gay couple in Center City in 2014. Common Pleas Court Judge Roxanne Covington set a 9 a.m. hearing on March 14 "to consider the merits" of a motion filed by defense attorney William J. Brennan. The motion asks Covington to reconsider the five-to-10-month jail sentence she handed down to Knott last month. The proceeding is not a resentencing hearing, but one in which the judge will consider the merits of the defense's request.
NEWS
February 19, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
A lawyer for Kathryn Knott on Wednesday asked a judge to reconsider the Bucks County woman's jail sentence for a 2014 attack on a gay couple in Center City that drew national attention. As an alternative to being locked up, attorney William Brennan suggested that 25-year-old Knott could perform a public-service announcement "where she could take the infamy of the arrest and maybe heal some wounds. " Knott was sentenced Feb. 8 to five to 10 months in county prison by Common Pleas Court Judge Roxanne Covington after being convicted by a jury in December on four misdemeanor counts but acquitted of felony aggravated assault.
NEWS
February 10, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
In sentencing Kathryn Knott to jail time instead of probation in an attack on a gay couple in Center City in 2014, a Philadelphia judge said Monday that the victim "could have been any of us. " "While there were homophobic slurs that initiated this event, it could have been any type of hateful slur," Common Pleas Court Judge Roxanne Covington said. The judge sentenced Knott, 25, of Southampton, Bucks County, to five to 10 months in jail and ordered her "to surrender now. " Knott shook and wept upon hearing her sentence and the judge's order that she go to jail immediately.
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