Patrick Murphy congratulated on DADT victory at Mark Segal party.

U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy was the guest of honor at Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal's annual holiday party Saturday night. Segal presented Murphy a framed mock-cover of the PGN with Murphy's head pasted over a muscular guy in a Speedo with the headline "Murphy peels it off for DADT repeal." The outgoing congressman sponsored the bill repealing the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy about gays in the military that the Senate voted to support Saturday and almost every guest of Segal's stopped to congratulate the U.S. Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom on the DADT repeal. Gov. Rendell and U.S. Appeals Court Judge Midge Rendell, Mayor Nutter, District Attorney Seth Williams, Congressman Bob Brady and City Councilmen Bill Greenlee and Frank DiCicco were among guests.

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