Pennsylvania Senate Committee Votes to Advance LGBT Non-Discrimination ProtectionsBy Adam Polaski • June 22, 2016 • 4:33 pm
Today, the Pennsylvania Senate Committee on Housing and Urban Affairs took a big step forward by voting to advance LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections. The committee voted 7-4 – with bipartisan support – in favor of explicit state-level laws protecting people from employment and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This is the first time in Pennsylvania’s history that the Senate has voted in favor of LGBT protections.
It’s a great step forward – the important first step in winning full comprehensive non-discrimination for LGBT people in Pennsylvania. An overwhelming 78% of Pennsylvanians support LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections – and this vote shows that lawmakers are finally listening.
Equality Pennsylvania Executive Director Ted Martin said today in a statement:
Today hundreds of LGBT people and their allies called on the legislature to take action on this important issue, and we are glad that they finally did. This vote is a very important step forward and we applaud the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing committee. We also thank Senator Wagner and Senator Browne for moving nondiscrimination legislation forward.
Freedom for All Americans is standing with our state and national partners, including Equality Pennsylvania, in encouraging lawmakers to advance comprehensive LGBT protections in housing, employment, and public accommodations. We are fully committed to continuing the fight in Pennsylvania until we win fully inclusive, comprehensive protections for all LGBT people in the state.
The next step in the bill is a vote before a second Senate committee. Stay tuned for exciting updates on these vital protections.