A bill to provide protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual employees has picked up some surprising support in the General Assembly. The bill, which was introduced with 102 co-sponsors, would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations.
A Susquehanna University poll shows that 60% of Pennsylvanians support the bill. To become law, the legislation would have to pass in two consecutive legislative sessions and then survive a voter referendum. Thirty-one other states have similar provisions.
The bill still faces considerable hurdles. Conservative Republicans have vowed to fight the bill and Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) introduced a constitutional “marriage protection” amendment the same day the anti-gay bias bill was introduced. It was co-sponsored by 27 other representatives, all Republicans.