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PNS Daily Newscast - June 16, 2021 


A new report says the infrastructure package in Congress would boost the nation's economy and create millions of jobs; Democrats prepared to move ahead with or without GOP.


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Biden and Putin set to meet face-to-face; Schumer moves toward reconciliation for infrastructure; a Juneteenth national holiday in the works; and Republicans call for Fauci's ouster.

Public News Service - PA: LGBTQIA Issues

The Biden administration could take action to address rampant and increasing violence against transgender people. (ink drop/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - An independent think tank has released a list of ten actions it says the incoming Biden administration could take to support equal rights and protections for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. From the ban on transgender people serving in the military to admini

The report says allowing rejection of qualified foster parents solely on religious grounds jeopardizes enforcement of nondiscrimination laws. (anna_gorbenko/Adobe Stock)

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PHILADELPHIA -- Creating a religious exemption to anti-discrimination laws could have far-reaching, negative effects - that's the conclusion of a new report on a case soon to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. The City of Philadelphia refused to renew its contract with Catholic Social Services,

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia in its next session. (Rex Wholster/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of a lawsuit by a taxpayer-funded foster care agency that claims a constitutional right to turn down prospective same-sex foster couples. Catholic Social Services (CSS) claims that requiring the agency to consider same-sex couples

An appeals court decision says excluding transgender students from facilities other students use would increase stigma and discrimination. (dbvirago/Adobe Stock)

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WASHINGTON - A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is being hailed as a victory for transgender students in Pennsylvania and nationwide. The nation's highest court on Tuesday said it won't hear the appeal of a case that upheld the Boyertown Area School District's policy of allowing transgender stude

With a high out-of-home placement rate, Philadelphia needs more qualified foster parents. (Africa Studio/Adobe Stock)

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PHILADELPHIA - Religious beliefs don't give government contractors a license to discriminate, according to a ruling by a federal appeals court. Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia had claimed it has a constitutional right to use religious criteria to turn away qualified same-sex couples who wa

Policies that affirm students' gender identity help LGBTQ students succeed in school. (SharonMcCutcheon/pixabay)

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PHILADELPHIA — Standing with transgender and gender nonconforming students is the right thing to do. That's the message some education advocates want school administrators to hear. The Education Law Center has sent an open letter to the Eastern Lancaster County School District supporting its

Lambda Legal filed an amicus brief detailing discrimination against LGBT people, same-sex couples and their families.  (MarkThomas/Pixabay)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – Civil rights advocates fear the Supreme Court's ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case will encourage more attempted discrimination against LGBT people. By a 7-2 margin, the court ruled that the cake shop owner had not received an impartial hearing at the Colorado Civil Righ

In 2017, 64 percent of

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PHILADELPHIA – A habeas petition has been filed in federal district court seeking the release of a gay Mexican immigrant being held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention in York Prison. In January Jose Nuñez Martinez and his husband, a U.S. citizen, were attending what they t

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