It’s Almost Illegal to Fire People for Being Gay in Pa.

A record number of Harrisburg legislators support a bill that would ban LGBTQ discrimination in the state.

A small army of Harrisburg legislators gathered in the Capitol this afternoon to announce that they’re ready to fight for the passage of House Bill 300 and Senate Bill 300, two pieces of legislation that would finally “ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression statewide in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations.”

I can’t believe I just had to type that.

In the press conference, Rep. Dan Frankel, lead sponsor of HB 300, said,  ”More and more people inside the Capitol – from both parties — agree with the vast majority of people outside the building on this. Being gay or transgender has nothing to do with your ability to do a good job or to be a good neighbor or tenant. This is just commonsense legislation. Many people think it’s the law already, and it should be.”

Equality Pennsylvania Executive Director Ted Martin was there to backup Frankel’s claims, sharing results from a recent poll that shows that 72 percent of state voters agree that Pennsylvania needs to catch up to the 21st century. “Currently, our state is the only one in the Northeast where gay and transgender citizens can be fired, denied a mortgage, or refused a hotel room simply because of who they are or who they love. … HB 300 and SB 300 are good for Pennsylvania. They have broad-based, widespread support. … They affirm our core values of fairness, liberty and equality. And they’re long overdue.”

Currently, there are 102 legislators on board to support the bills — 77 in the House and 25 in the Senate. Those numbers include seven Republicans in the House and two in the Senate. Repping Philly in the sponsor pool is Senator Larry Farnese and State Representative Brian Sims, who offered these remarks in an interview held after the press conference.

G Philly will be following developments on both bills. Stay tuned for updates.

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  • http://twitter.com/BigMike317 BigMikeMcD

    I’m not worried at all. I’m not a big O’Brien fan & Kelly can go roster/roster or organization/organization we have Banners Browns beat. The only thing he might want that Lurie gave Howie is power. I honestly just want a hard nose, no nonsense coach who can adjust under pressure & maximize players strengths…and gets us a parade within the next 3 yrs. Im not asking for much Jeffrey!

  • Wilbert M.

    McCoy seems like the best option. He seems like the guy who can get the most out of Foles or whoever our QB is next year.

    • Nk

      Agree…rather go with an NFL asst rather than a college guy who had Spurrier-type of hype…

    • http://twitter.com/BigMike317 BigMikeMcD

      I like how McCoy has adapted to his players. He made Tebow look good midway through last season, impressive.

      • Johngiam

        Yeah the adaptability is what you have to like about Mcacoy…he probably got the most out of every QB he ever had…seems like a smart guy, well versed in different schemes, who has the knowledge to be scheme flexible, which is how you really PUT YOUR PLAYERS IN THE BEST POSITION TO MAKES! Not the Reid way of trying to fit a square peg in a round hole to outsmart the world and reinvent the wheel….I would absolutely LOVE to have McCoy workin on St. Nick!….plus McCoy is well connected, bet he can put together one of the best staffs too!

  • xlGmanlx

    Iggs are a bigger market, bigger checks. If it comes down to money, Lurie doesn’t need to ask anyone’s permission and can spend what he wants to get what he wants, Banner doesn’t have that kind of leash.

  • Run Eagles Run

    I feel like the eagles will sign kelly if he likes what he hear. I just have a feeling Lurie is set on him. If Kelly goes with the browns, or doesnt want anything to do with philly, then it gets a little muddy. but I think Kelly is the only guy they would sign without talking to anyone else, now that o’brien has taken himself out of the running. I’m not basing this off anything specifically, just my gut feeling from what Ive read.

  • thefadd

    yawn…wake me when somebody signs…next Tuesday

  • thefadd

    Chip Kelly to Cleveland, Big Red to Arizona, Nolan to San Diego, McCoy to Philly, Lovie to Buffalo, Kansas City gets screwed again. you heard it here first ;-)

  • barry_nic

    O’brien just killed his recruting by doing these interviews, especially making the comments that he’s not a one and done coach. But why then does he still have interviews scheduled today? I don’t see him at PSU longer than two years. Welcome to the rest of the way the NCAA football world works.

    • Johngiam

      if Obtien is going to just leave in two years anyway, then he is a fool for not making the leap now! HIS STOCK WILL NEVER BE HIGHER THEN IT IS TODAY! If he wanted to go to the NFL, now was the time….It mite have cost GM some recruiting, but I bet it made him some more money!

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