State Lawmakers Call on Gov. Corbett for Discrimination
7, 2014- Howard Ondick
A group of state lawmakers appeared at Philadelphia City Hall Monday to call on
Gov. Corbett to back up his recent remarks in acceptance of discrimination
protection for gay, lesbian and transgender citizens. The lawmakers want the governor to help pass
civil rights bills now before the state legislature.
speakers are Senators Mike Stack and Larry Farnese, both of Philadelphia, and
Senator Daylin Leach of Montgomery County.
Stack, Farnese and Leach applauded Gov. Corbett’s recent recognition of the
need for equal protection for gay, lesbian and transgender Pennsylvanians and
urged him to provide executive leadership as two critical civil rights bills
make their way through the state legislature.
Bill 300, sponsored by Lehigh Valley Republican Senator Pat Browne, prohibits discrimination
in employment and housing because of a person’s sexual orientation, gender
identity or gender expression. It would
amend the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act by adding the terms “sexual
orientation” and “gender identity or expression” to the protected classes in
the existing statute. This legislation
is intended to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and
gender identity or expression in the same way we currently prohibit discrimination
because of race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, handicap or
states have already amended their civil rights laws to protect against this
kind of discrimination, including our neighboring states of New York, New
Jersey and Maryland.
Bill 300 is now before the Senate State Government Committee for consideration.
legislation, House Bill 300, has been introduced in the House of
Representatives and is in committee for consideration.
Bill 719, sponsored by Senator Leach, would legalize same sex marriage in
Pennsylvania. That bill is now before
the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration.