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October 17, 2014
A DRAMATIC evolution has occurred on the issue of gay marriage, both at the Supreme Court and among the public. Some opponents of the court's decision last week not to uphold state bans on gay marriage are calling it a disaster, even comparing it to the pro-slavery Dred Scott decision of 1857. In fact, it is the opposite. Gay marriage means more freedom for individuals and less intrusion of government into the home. As a nation, we are simply applying our fundamental American principles of liberty to the present day. We should be skeptical and cautious of judicial activism, but the Dred Scott decision - which held that a slave was property and not an American with rights - is an example of the court trying to artificially freeze the social and moral development of the nation.
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October 11, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
In May 2003, Melina Mazza Waldo went to Washington to lobby Congress as a member of the Philadelphia chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). "I had an encounter on Capitol Hill with a clergyman, who loudly interrupted me and pushed me as I was being interviewed by a reporter," she later wrote in The Inquirer. She said her son, Craig, told her at the time: " 'You're their worst nightmare, Mom!' He explained that the last thing the far right wants people to see is a mother speaking up for her gay child.
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October 10, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
IF POLITICS MAKES strange bedfellows, among the strangest may have been made by the 1980s U.K. politics of Margaret Thatcher, as we see in "Pride. " Some of the bedfellows, if fact, would prefer that we use a term other than bedfellows. They would be striking coal miners in Wales, who for a time found common cause with gay activists - Thatcher's rhetoric targeted both camps, as did police harassment. "Pride" is essentially a comedy, but it makes homophobia a pronounced theme - the culturally conservative miners, we see, are slow to warm to the idea of solidarity with gay activists (some never do)
NEWS
October 8, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
Gay-rights advocates in Pennsylvania and throughout the country say they are encouraged by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday not to take on five pending same-sex marriage appeals. The denial effectively legalized same-sex marriage in five states - Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin - and cleared the way for legalization in six others. Some advocates in the Philadelphia area viewed the court's action as a sign that nationwide legalization is just a matter of time.
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October 1, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writerdeanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
The three Bucks County residents arrested earlier this month for allegedly attacking two gay men in Center City will have a joint preliminary hearing on Dec. 16, a judge ruled Tuesday. Following that hearing, a judge will determine if there is enough evidence to warrant a trial. The defendants - Kathryn Knott, 24, Philip Williams, 24, and Kevin Harrigan, 26 - were excused from having to appear at the status hearing by agreement with the District Attorney's Office. But attorneys for Knott, of Southampton, and Harrigan, of Warrington, said their clients are not gay-bashers.
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September 26, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
KATHRYN KNOTT thinks "jazz flute is for little fairy boys," #gay is #ew and whiskey is awesome. Those Twitter musings are part of what may cost her a job at Lansdale Hospital, according to a statement from Abington Health System. Knott, 24, of Southampton, Bucks County, was suspended yesterday from her position as an emergency-room technician at the hospital, where she has worked since May 2011. Hours before she was suspended, Knott and two other suspects in an attack on two gay men near Rittenhouse Square allegedly fueled by homophobia turned themselves in to police to face charges of aggravated and simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal conspiracy.
NEWS
September 26, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
While the three suspects in the assault of a gay couple in Center City were awaiting arraignment Wednesday, an affidavit revealing new details about the incident emerged, as did social-media postings by one of the accused that contain antigay sentiments. According to an affidavit of probable cause reviewed by The Inquirer, the victims identified all three suspects - Philip Williams, 24, of Warminster; Kevin Harrigan, 26, of Warrington; and Kathryn Knott, 24, of Southampton - as their assailants.
NEWS
September 25, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE DISTRICT Attorney's Office issued arrest warrants yesterday for three graduates of Archbishop Wood High School in the alleged savage beating of two gay men in Center City earlier this month. Philip Williams, 24; Kevin Harrigan, 26; and Katherine Knott, 24, all face two counts of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and criminal conspiracy, District Attorney Seth Williams said. "I would like to thank the police for their thorough investigation and the public for the outpouring of information and tips in this case," Williams said.
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