Delaware Valley Americans United will be very active on the LGBT rights and equality front in 2014. HB300/SB300, the nondiscrimination bill, is a MUST for Pennsylvania. This is an excellent article, please give it a read, and join us this year in fighting back against the Religious Right’s agenda.
Since 1976, there have been 24 LGBT non-discrimination bills introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Only once, in 2009, did any of them leave a legislative committee. All of these bills have failed to pass. Today, 17 states protect people from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The adoption of basic protections for LGBT Pennsylvanians is long overdue. In 2014, Pennsylvania will finally become a battleground where the adoption of this critical legislation is possible.
The Pennsylvania State Senate now has 25 co-sponsors on SB 300, the chamber’s leading LGBT non-discrimination bill. It was introduced by Sen. Patrick Browne (R-16) and Sen. Lawrence Farnese (D-1) in August 2013. With half its members on board and evidence of at least a dozen more Senators who would vote in favor of the bill, the next step is to get SB 300 out of the Senate State Government Committee for a floor vote. The power to make this bill a priority for the Senate rests with its Majority Leader, Sen. Dominic Pileggi (R-9). In this election year, where half the State Senate seats will be up for grabs, the Delaware County Republican will either want to appeal to moderate voters and run SB 300, or polarize the issue to put it on ice until the next legislative session in 2015.
Read the full article now via Pennsylvania Will Move Forward with LGBT Non-Discrimination in 2014 | KSV | Keystone Student Voice.