Thursday, June 14, 2007

It's time: End workplace and housing discrimination against LGBT community

Yesterday may have been the beginning of the end of discrimination against the LGBT community in Pennsylvania. 70 state representatives introduced legislation to amend the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity. The 70 co-sponsors represent 69% of the 102 votes needed for passage. In April, a similar bill was introduced in the PA Senate with 22 co-sponsors, 85% of the 26 votes needed to pass it.

Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Pittsburgh) kicked off the press conference by stating it was time to move Pennsylvania's law "into the 21st century" and noted that 20 states provide this protection on sexual orientation.

In a press release, our own Larry Frankel (no relation to Dan) said
We are very encouraged by the record number of legislators who have signed on as co-sponsors of this bill and we think it is a good sign for future progress.

There is little about this that is controversial. According to a Gallup poll, 85% of Americans believe that the LGBT community should be protected from discrimination. This is a no-brainer. Ok, that's a loaded phrase to use in reference to the capitol, but you catch my drift...

Andy in Harrisburg

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