Pa. lawmakers backing gay-Discrimination bill

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If Senator Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny) and 19 other state senators get their way, employers will have another anti-discrimination law to worry about.

Ferlo has reintroduced legislation that would ban gay discrimination in employment, housing and credit. The bill would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected characteristics under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.

Momentum may be growing for the proposal. A companion bill was also introduced in the state House of Representatives.

Sponsors point out that while some large cities in Pennsylvania already protect gays from discrimination, about 9 million of the 12 million residents in the state don’t have such legal protections. Many neighboring states do ban sexual-orientation discrimination, including New York, New Jersey and Maryland.   

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