Gov. Tom Corbett told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he supports a bill extending anti-discrimination protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers.
H.B. 300 would ban discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. The bill is co-sponsored by 93 of the General Assembly’s 203 members and 25 of 50 state senators.
Currently, the bill is bottled up in the House State Government Committee, where conservative representative Daryl Metcalf has labeled the bill part of the “homosexual agenda” that “discriminates against people of faith.”
Some have suggested Corbett’s move is politically motivated because he lags in statewide polls coming into his re-election year. Corbett spokesperson Lynn Lawson, however, stated that Corbett has always supported such legislation.