Thursday, March 12, 2009

Stop Legal Discrimination in PA

Stop Legal Discrimination in Pennsylvania

The bad news:

There is no Pennsylvania law preventing discrimination in employment, housing or accommodations because of a person’s  sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered, you can be fired from your job, refused service, or denied housing without any recourse under PA law.

The good news:

Pennsylvania took the first step today toward making that discrimination illegal.

HB 300, legislation prohibiting discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in housing, employment, and public accommodations passed the State Government Committee in the PA House of Representatives today.   Current Pennsylvania law provides basic legal protection against discrimination on the bases of race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, handicap or disability, education and the use of a guide dog.   HB 300 offers the same anti-discrimination protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people that are offered to other Pennsylvanians.

The work before us:

Governor Rendell has promised to sign anti-discrimination legislation if it reaches his desk, and a majority of the Senate and House will vote to pass it.  We just need to get leadership to schedule a vote.

That’s where you come in.  Take a moment to sign our e-petition to House and Senate Leadership asking them to schedule votes on this vital legislation as soon as possible.

Click here to take action, then forward this action to everyone you know. http://www.keystoneprogress.org/page/s/paantidiscr1

Bigotry has no place in Pennsylvania.  It’s time to end discrimination now!

Michael Morrill, Keystone Progress
Jake Kaskey, Equality Advocates Pennsylvania

3 comments:

FITZ! said...

"Current Pennsylvania law provides basic legal protection against discrimination on the bases of race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, handicap or disability, education and the use of a guide dog."
Unfortunately, only old age is protected. It is legal (and the LAW) to discriminate against people because of their age. On top of that, Nutter, back in 2002 imposed laws requiring college students (education level) in his City Council District under the age of 23 (age) to register their address, license plate, car registration and insurance with the University, which would then put a sticker on that car as a "student" car, subjecting the student to triple the usual fines for traffic or parking tickets or any other offense. The ordinance also forced students in off-campus housing to inform their landlords of their "student" status. As far as I know, that law still stands.

David A. Mayer said...

Students should not have cars. Get a bike like I did for 4 years in the 70's riding in the snow 5 miles to work. You are a spoiled generation of yuppy kids. As an employer I have the right to not hire gays. I'll find anothe way to fire you for imposing your life style on my employees

LIBERALSLIVINGLIE said...

I reserve the right to do every underhanded thing I can possibly do to make sure any gay man or woman never get's hired... And if they do.. I'll make up a lie to get them fired.. DISCRIMINATION IS GOOD!