As Mayors Coalition Forms, Pennsylvania Governor Reiterates Call for LGBT Protections

By Adam Polaski • March 4, 2016 • 12:55 pm

This week in response to two new federal legal cases filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging anti-gay discrimination, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf reiterated his statewide call for updating Pennsylvania laws to protect from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.


One of the cases filed by the EEOC this week concerns employment discrimination that took place in Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf said:

“The allegations of discrimination in the federal complaint are disturbing, yet legal under current Pennsylvania law. These allegations illustrate the urgent need for non-discrimination protection legislation. For far too long, Pennsylvania has failed to protect all of our citizens from acts of discrimination in employment and housing. A recent report ranked our commonwealth among the lowest group of states for these protections, which is unacceptable and counter to our place in history.  I urge the General Assembly to pass and send me the Pennsylvania Fairness Act to sign upon its return to Harrisburg later this month.”

Earlier this week, a bipartisan coalition of nearly two dozen mayors across Pennsylvania came together with Pennsylvania Competes to form Mayors for a Competitive Pennsylvania. The coalition of Republican and Democratic mayors seeks to push forward with the Pennsylvania Fairness Act.

Freedom for All Americans is proud to serve as a leading member of Pennsylvania Competes, the coalition to pass comprehensive LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections in PA. Learn more about PA Competes here.

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