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This Saturday is Edie Windsor Day

This Saturday is Edie Windsor Day

In July 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Windsor that the federal Defense of Marriage Act prohibiting federal recognition of gay marriages was unconstitutional.  Enthusiastically signed in 1996 by then-President Bill Clinton curiously right before his reelection campaign, the law was one of the most queer-hostile policies in recent American...

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City government passing buck on marijuana decriminalization

City government passing buck on marijuana decriminalization

Seems like joints aren’t the only things Philadelphians pass around; when it comes to marijuana decriminalization, folks really like passing the buck.  Such is the case right now with efforts to decriminalize pot possession in the city. And probably, in part, because no one can agree that the city actually needs to decriminalize pot. Last week, Councilman...

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Queerest Pope ever may visit Philly

Queerest Pope ever may visit Philly

Image: Wikimedia Commons While they didn’t get the 45-minute private audience Governor Tom Corbett had hoped for, the Philadelphia delegation in Vatican City still got some face time with Pope Francis — and that ain’t bad. Mayor Michael Nutter joined Governor Corbett to lobby the pontiff to visit the city next year as part of the Eighth World Meeting...

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Black conservative group condemns so-called “knockout game”—and Obama’s silence on it

Whether or not the so-called “knockout game” exists, at least one national group has banded together to both condemn the attacks, taking place in Philadelphia, New York City and elsewhere, and the president’s and political establishment’s handling of it—or, lack thereof. Project 21, a national network of black conservative leaders, publicly condemned...

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Philly GOP outraged over Public Enemy’s Mumia sign at Made in America

Philly GOP outraged over Public Enemy’s Mumia sign at Made in America

Legendary hip hop group Public Enemy got a lousy scheduling time at Made in America this weekend, but they may have left Philadelphia with the most buzz. During a politically-charged Saturday afternoon set, members Chuck D., Flavor Flav and DJ Lord made several controversial statements about both Philadelphia and national politics. For one, Chuck D. pledged to...

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No reason to take building inspector’s suicide as an admission of anything ‘except his level of distress’

Six people died in a building collapse at 21st and Market streets in Philadelphia on June 5, and a week later, Ronald Wagenhoffer, who had inspected the building site in February, committed suicide. “We had six people who died in the building collapse and now we’ve had another person perish because of this particular tragedy,” Mayor Nutter said...

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Students march down Broad Street for school funding

Students march down Broad Street for school funding

Thousands of students poured off SEPTA buses and emerged from the Spring Garden stop on the Broad Street Line today to rally at the School District Building in Philadelphia. They were there to protest the ongoing school district budget cuts and to put pressure on both the Philadelphia government and the state government to fund the $300 million funding gap looming...

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Nutter to sign LGBT rights bill

Nutter to sign LGBT rights bill

At 3pm today, Mayor Nutter will sign a bill that will make Philadelphia the most LGBT-friendly city in the country, according to a press release. The legislation, sponsored by Councilman Jim Kenney, will provide the first “Life Partner and Transgender Health Tax Credits” in the country, offering tax incentives for private companies to provide benefits to...

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3 Councilmen Voted Against City LGBT Bill—Why?

3 Councilmen Voted Against City LGBT Bill—Why?

Philadelphia City Council passed historic legislation this morning which gives incentives for private companies in the city to provide benefits to members of the LGBT community employed by said company and mandates the city government do more to avoid sexual discrimination. After a short debate and public comment, three councilmen—David Oh, Brian O’Neill...

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City Council Fails to Override Nutter’s Paid Sick Leave Veto

Councilman Bill Greenlee, the prime sponsor of the paid sick leave legislation in City Council, did not bring up a vote to override Mayor Nutter’s veto this morning—and apologized to the city for failing on the issue. “I will not be calling for an override of Mayor Nutter’s veto concerning the paid sick leave bill because we are one vote short...

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