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PNS Daily Newscast - October 22, 2020 

DNI Ratcliffe labels an email spoofing scam using Proud Boys as designed to damage Trump; CT Attorney General not buying feds' Purdue Pharma settlement.

2020Talks - October 22, 2020 

Obama makes his first live appearance on the campaign trail. And security agencies conclude that deceptive emails sent to some voters are foreign interference from Iran.

Public News Service - PA: LGBTQIA Issues

Gov. Tom Wolf signs executive orders banning discrimination against LGBT people. (Equality Pennsylvania)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community gained some protection from job discrimination on Thursday, when Gov. Tom Wolf signed two executive orders providing people employed by the state or by state contractors with protection from discrimination based on sex

LGBT advocates say the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling has encouraged states to expand so-called religious exemption laws. Credit: Skeeze/Pixabay.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania's Religious Freedom Protection Act has been used since 2002 to protect an individual's right to practice their religion, but a new report says laws being introduced around the country may be used to legitimize discrimination. The report from the Movement Advance

PHOTO: Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban did not survive its most recent court challenge. It was overturned by a federal judge on Tuesday. Photo credit: innovatedcaptures/iStockphoto.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Saying it discriminates against gay men and lesbians, a federal judge has struck down Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a widow, 11 couples who wish to marry in Pennsylvania or want the Commonwealth to recognize their marriages from other

PHOTO: Plaintiffs trying to overturn Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage are asking a judge to decide the case on the basis of legal briefs alone, rather than a public trial. Photo credit: Karen Arnold,

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Same-sex couples who want to marry in Pennsylvania, and others looking for the state to recognize their unions are hoping to speed up the process and get on with their lives. Lawyers challenging Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban have asked a federal judge to decide the case bas

PHOTO: Pennsylvania has no law in place to prevent discrimination against gays, although there are proposals in the Legislature to change that. Photo credit:

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The decision by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto legislation that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays based on the owners' religious beliefs has made headlines from coast to coast. It also exposes that Pennsylvania has no law to protect gays from similar treatmen

Methodist Pastor Frank Schaefer stands by his decision to officiate at his son's same-sex marriage. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

SPRING CITY, Pa. – He may be in his final weeks as a Methodist minister in Pennsylvania, but Rev. Frank Schaefer says he does not second-guess his decision to officiate his son's same-sex wedding in 2007. Schaefer was suspended from his duties this week after being convicted of breaking chur

PHILADELPHIA - A same-sex couple, married legally in Massachusetts, is filing suit to have the union recognized in their new home state of Pennsylvania. Isabelle Barker and Carla Palladino claimed that by not recognizing their marriage, Pennsylvania is denying them hundreds of benefits that opposite

PHOTO: Claiming Pennsylvania’s Defense of Marriage Act violates their civil rights, close to two dozen couples are in court demanding a change in the state’s policies on same-sex marriage. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Claiming Pennsylvania's Defense of Marriage Act violates their civil rights, close to two dozen couples are in court demanding a change in the state's policies on same-sex marriage. The lawsuit has been filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Pennsylvania and a Philad

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