Following a three hour public meeting last night (June 21, 2011) Bethlehem City Council unanimously passed a non-discrimination ordinance. The next step is for Mayor John Callahan, who introduced the measure, to sign the ordinance.
Adrian Shanker, who led a coalition effort to pass the ordinance, is vice president of Pennsylvania Diversity Network. The coalition represented more than 100 business, faith, labor, arts, education, and civil rights organizations in support of the ordinance.
“We won tonight, but there were no real losers,” stated Shanker. “The Bethlehem community was loud and clear that they want civil rights protections, and city council tonight listened and voted accordingly.” Shanker said, “This law helps working people, it helps small business, it protects religious freedom, and most importantly, it makes discrimination illegal in the City of Bethlehem.”