Letters to the Editor

In October, gay marriage was legalized in New Jersey through Supreme Court Judge Mary Jacobson, who ruled “the ineligibility of same-sex couples for federal benefits is currently harming same-sex couples in New Jersey in a wide range of contexts.

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Once again, Philadelphia has come out on top of the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, which is especially appropriate in light of the progress made this year on Council Jim Kenney’s LGBT-rights bill, as well as SEPTA’s removal of gender stickers (which was influenced by a City Council resolution calling for the policy change).

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Editor’s note: Mayor Michael Nutter recently declined to sever Philadelphia’s ties with Sister City Nizhny Novgorod, Russia’s fifth-largest city, which last year adopted a law banning LGBT propaganda.

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To the editor:

We are the Sex Worker Outreach Project (SWOP)-Philadelphia, the local chapter of SWOP USA, a movement fighting for the fundamental human rights of people in the sex trade, ending violence and stigma through advocacy and education.

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