Bethlehem Council Readies for Final Non-discrimination Vote

Bethlehem Council is scheduled for a final vote tonight (June 21, 2011) on the city’s proposed non-discrimination ordinance, according to Adrian Shanker who has led a broad coalition urging passage. Tonight’s meeting serves as the fourth, required public meeting after which a vote is anticipated.

Shanker says Bethlehem is currently the largest municipality in Pennsylvania lacking a non-discrimination law. If passed, the city joins 20 other municipalities in the state in banning discrimination in housing, education, employment, and public accommodation based on sexual orientation.

The effort is led by Pennsylvania Diversity Network, Equality Pennsylvania and the ACLU of PA and support from more than 100 businesses, faith leaders, and organizations in Bethlehem, including AARP, ArtsQuest, Lehigh Valley Labor Council, Lehigh University, Shanker said.

Bethlehem resident Rob Hopkins started a petition on Change.org which was signed by more than 500 supporters.

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