Molchany co-sponsors bipartisan non-discrimination bill


State Rep. Erin Molchany, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement touting strong, statewide support for Pennsylvania non-discrimination legislation.

“In 64 of 67 Pennsylvania counties, a person can be fired from a job, evicted, and denied a place to live because of who they love. In our state, in the year 2013, it is still legal to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations.

“Today, legislators from both parties and both the House and the Senate joined together to introduce H.B. 300 and S.B. 300 that would end legal discrimination in Pennsylvania for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community.

“I am proud to stand against discrimination today, like so many others have across this country and over our history. The people who stood for women’s equality are in no small part a reason that I stand here today as an elected woman in the Pennsylvania legislature.

“Discrimination is wrong. It is based in prejudice and fear, and it has no place in our state. More than 70 percent of Pennsylvanians agree.

“Twenty other states, many municipalities in our Commonwealth, and major employers across the country already outlaw this discrimination. I am happy to stand with so many colleagues in support of equality, fairness, and respect for all Pennsylvanians.”

House Bill 300 and S.B. 300 have a combined 102 sponsors, 77 in the House and 25 in the Senate, including seven House Republicans and two Senate Republicans, legislators announced at a Capitol news conference. The bills would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression statewide in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations.


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