Frankel welcomes Corbett support for bills to end LGBT discrimination in PA

72% back bill

HARRISBURG, Dec. 18 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, welcomed today's announcement that Gov. Tom Corbett now supports H.B. 300 and S.B. 300, bipartisan legislation to amend Pennsylvania’s Human Relations Act to ban discrimination on the basis of a person's sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

"This is good news indeed. I'm pleased to welcome the governor as a supporter of this common-sense legislation. About 70 percent of Pennsylvanians have supported these bills in polls over eight years, joined in this legislative session by a record number of legislators from both parties," said Frankel, a longtime supporter of the legislation who introduced the House bill in this session.

House Bill 300 has 93 sponsors, and S.B. 300 has 25 sponsors.

"Pennsylvania’s citizens have spoken clearly – 72 percent of us agree that we need to protect our LGBT relatives, friends and neighbors from discrimination in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations," Frankel said.

Frankel renewed his call for Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, chairman of the House State Government Committee, to schedule hearings and a vote on H.B. 300.

"The 72 percent of Pennsylvanians – more than 9 million citizens, including the governor and 118 members of the General Assembly – who support this deserve a hearing and a vote," Frankel said.

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