A bipartisan group of state House and Senate lawmakers introduced measures Tuesday to ban discrimination statewide in employment, housing and public accommodations for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Pennsylvanians.
According to a sponsorship memo the bill would ban such LGBT discrimination "in the same way we [in Pennsylvania] currently prohibit discrimination because of race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, handicap or disability. Twenty states have already amended their civil rights laws to protect against this kind of discrimination, including our neighbors New York, New Jersey and Maryland. These changes will help us stay competitive in attracting business and talent to the commonwealth."
Pittsburgh and Philadelphia already have such laws.
The measure had a good measure of support in the Senate with half the body signing on as sponsors, but a muddier path in the 203-member House, with 77 sponsors.