New push for gay civil rights in Pa. legislature
Beyond the contentious issue of same-sex marriage, a poll released Wednesday by the group Equality Pennsylvania found overwhelming support in the state for civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people on the job and in public accommodations. Sixty-nine percent of respondents to the online poll agreed with the statement that LGBT people should be “protected” from being fired because of sexual orientation or identity. By contrast, 24 percent disagreed. (Among those who said they were Republican, 61 percent agreed and 28 percent disagreed with the statement.) And 72 percent said that hotels and other businesses should not be allowed to refuse service to people because of sexual orientation or identity, with 18 percent disagreeing. (For Republicans, the numbers were 62 percent and 28 percent, respectively.) "Passing non-discrimination legislation for employment and housing is the right thing to do, and Pennsylvanians know it,” said state Rep. Dan Frankel (D.,Allegheny), co-chairman of the legislature’s LGBT Equality Caucus. He said he would reintroduce House Bill 300, which would have banned discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in housing, employment and public accomodations.