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Following Newtown Township's Lead, Middletown Twp May Become Second Bucks County Township to Pass an Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

Following Newtown Township's Lead, Middletown Twp May Become Second Bucks County Township to Pass an Anti-Discrimination Ordinance | Anti Discrimination |

An anti-discrimination ordinance and a new commission to enforce it are both in the works in Middletown.


Township supervisors recently voted to advertise the ordinance and formation of a Human Relations Commission, and are scheduled to vote on enacting both measures at their next meeting Aug. 24.


Supervisor Anna Payne, who has been one of the main driving forces behind both proposals, said they are both very important, especially at a time when the Black Lives Matter movement and other factors are raising awareness about social injustice in the country.


“A Human Relations Commission is a critical step toward making our community equitable and accessible,” Payne said. “My vision for the commission is to serve as a catalyst in our civic duty to combat injustice and advocate for residents who are marginalized and discriminated against. These members of our community now have a voice for change and a seat at the table.


The anti-discrimination ordinance would prohibit discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations and access to education on the basis of race, color, familial status, religious creed, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, handicap or disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.


The new Human Relations Commission would give residents a forum for discrimination complaints. Among its powers would be to hold hearings, in some cases in public, and issue rulings on such complaints.


Among other Bucks County municipalities that have anti-discrimination ordinances and human relations commissions are Newtown Township [read “Newtown Becomes the FIRST Township in Bucks County to Pass an Anti-Discrimination Ordinance That Protects the Rights of the LGBTQ Community”;] and Yardley.

johnmacknewtowns insight:

I first floated the idea for the Newtown Anti-discrimination ordinance in July, 2018, and in September, the Board of Supervisors heard a presentation from Yardley Councilman David Bria, who led the charge on Yardley’s anti-discrimination ordinance.


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