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  • July Fourth events to recall bold 1965 gay rights protest 
    Updated: Jun-14-15 12:11 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - On the Fourth of July 50 years ago, when homosexuality was considered a mental illness and a same-sex couple's public declaration of love put their lives and livelihoods at risk, about 40 people took a stand by staging a peaceful protest in front of Independence Hall.