In his budget address on March 3rd, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf took time to mention the LGBT community, calling for laws that would protect LGBT people from being fired from their jobs, evicted from housing or turned away from places of business just for being gay.
“The companies and countries that are thriving in today’s global economy are those that are committed to diversity, inclusion, and fairness,” the Governor said. “All Pennsylvania’s families deserve those same opportunities, no matter what their race, sexual orientation, where they started life, or who they are.”
Equality PA Executive Director Ted Martin applauded Wolf for shining more light on the issue: “We truly appreciate Governor Wolf recognizing that discrimination protections are needed,” he said in a press release. “Most people in Pennsylvania are shocked to learn that people can still be fired from a job, evicted, or turned away from a business just for being gay or transgender. It’s time to update our laws to make sure that all people in Pennsylvania have the opportunity to earn a living and make a better life for themselves and their families.”
The last legislative session saw two bills that would protect Pennsylvania LGBT people from such discrimination: HB and SB 300, in the House and Senate, respectively. Unfortunately, they never made it to the floor for a vote, despite having bi-partisan support and a record number of sponsors. Equality PA notes that new LGBT non-discrimination bills are expected to be introduced in the coming session. The IBA is proud to partner with Equality PA on their Campaign for Fairness and join the fight to end discrimination for all Pennsylvanians.