Pennsylvania Legislators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect LGBT People

August 26, 2015 • 11:54 am

Angela Dallara | [email protected] | 646-430-3925

HARRISBURG – Today state Sens. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) and Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) and Reps. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) and Tom Killion (R-Delaware) introduced the Pennsylvania Fairness Act, which would update Pennsylvania’s existing civil rights law by prohibiting discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pennsylvanians in housing, employment and public accommodations.

Matt McTighe, Freedom for All Americans campaign manager, released the following statement:

“Today’s introduction of the Pennsylvania Fairness Act is a significant step forward for fairness and equality. All people should have the same opportunity to work hard, provide for themselves and their families, and live safely without fear of discrimination. This legislation would strengthen Pennsylvania’s communities and economy by showing that the state is serious about recruiting and sustaining only the most diverse businesses, talented employers, and vibrant workforce. It’s time to ensure that no Pennsylvanian is treated unfairly because of who they are or who they love.”

78 percent of Pennsylvanians support statewide nondiscrimination protections for gay and transgender people, but most also mistakenly believe that those protections are already in place.

Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign dedicated to ensuring every gay and transgender American is fully protected from discrimination under the law, no matter where they live. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses big and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.

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