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Pennsylvania Introduces LGBT Discrimination Bans

Posted on: May 13, 2013

In Pennsylvania earlier this week, a group of 100 lawmakers introduced two bills that would offer exclusive provisions to LGBT people. Bills 300/SB300 would outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. These laws would be observed in employment, housing, credit, and public accommodations across the state.

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Brian Sims was present when the bills were introduced.
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The most inspiring part of the bills is the strong bipartisan support they have received thus far: they have 77 sponsors in the House and 25 in the Senate. Pennsylvania’s first openly gay elected official, Brian Sims, was present when the bills were introduced.

“On days like today—with the type of equality advocates, activists and warriors that I am joined by on state—we show once again that the American spirit, the American dream and, most importantly, the American values demand that we as a commonwealth finally evolve,” he said.

Representative Dan Frankel (D) was a co-sponsor of HB300 along with Rep. Chris Ross (R). “These identical proposals have a common goal—to end, once and for all the last vestige of legal discrimination in Pennsylvania based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression,” he said.

A recent statewide poll has indicated that nearly three-quarters (72%) of all Pennsylvanians support anti-discrimination measures. Senator Daylin Leach (D) put it simply and bluntly:

“The fact is the only reason to oppose this bill is you don’t support equality,” he said. “I am tired and have n o respect for the argument that this bill won’t change anything. If there is one case of discrimination in Pennsylvania, it’s one too many.”

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