New Poll Shows Statewide Support for Non-discrimination Bill

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State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, earlier today unveiled a statewide poll indicating sustained strong support for legislation that would protect people who live or work in Pennsylvania from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Frankel is the lead House sponsor of the bill (H.B. 300), which would address discrimination in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations. State Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh/Northampton/Monroe, plans to introduce the legislation in the Senate.

“Support for this bill has remained constant over the past eight years, solid at roughly 70 percent. The overwhelming majority of Pennsylvanians – regardless of region or political party – support it. They know being gay or transgendered has nothing to do with a person’s ability to fix a car or computer, or to show up on time and to do a good day’s work,” Frankel said.

The poll was conducted in February for Equality Pennsylvania by Susquehanna Polling and Research, a firm with many Republican and business clients.

Frankel said, “It is time for Pennsylvania to catch up to the 21 states and the District of Columbia that ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. Twelve of those and the District of Columbia also ban discrimination based on gender identity. We should be a leader, not a follower, on this issue.

“In addition to making state law more fair and just, this would make Pennsylvania more economically competitive. We are surrounded on three of four sides by states that ban anti-gay discrimination – Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware and New York. They have a competitive advantage over Pennsylvania when it comes to attracting and retaining businesses and residents.

“More municipalities continue to pass these protections at the local level, but an estimated 70 percent of Pennsylvanians still live or work in communities that do not provide these protections. The people of Pennsylvania support this commonsense change, and it’s the right thing to do.”

Pennsylvania’s Human Relations Act currently bans discrimination based on race, color, religious creed, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, a non-job related handicap or disability, or the use of a guide or support animal due to a person being blind, deaf or having a physical handicap.
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