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Bill to broaden LGBTQ+ Protections Passes Pennsylvania House

Bill to broaden LGBTQ+ Protections Passes Pennsylvania House | Newtown News of Interest |

A bill to broaden protections for LGBTQ+ people passed the Pennsylvania state House of Representatives on Tuesday - the first to advance this far after yearslong efforts by Democrats - though it faces strong headwinds in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The bill passed 102-98 in the House where Democrats have a razor-thin majority, becoming the first of its kind to see a floor vote. Gov. Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, said he supports it.

Similar legislation - long supported by LGBTQ+ advocates, and even a priority of former Gov. Tom Wolf - has failed to get a floor vote in either chamber, despite clearing committee years ago.

Under the bill, it would be illegal to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people in housing, workplaces and public services.

The legislation would add the categories "sexual orientation, gender identity or expression" to a law that empowers the state Human Relations Commission to investigate complaints of discrimination because of someone's race, sex, religion, age or disability. The commission can impose civil penalties, such as back pay or damages.


johnmacknewtown's insight:


Regarding LGBTQ+ rights, the Newtown Township Human Relations Commission (LINK: is charged to enforce Newtown Township’s Anti-Discrimination Ordinance, in order to ensure equal employment, housing, use of public accommodations, and access to post secondary educational institutions regardless of actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.


Newtown Township Bucks County HRC Inquiry Form:


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