All posts for the month June, 2013

Equality Pennsylvania Responds to Supreme Court Decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in two cases involving marriage for gay couples. In the case of U.S. v. Windsor, the Justices ruled the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1993 policy that denies married same-sex couples equal protection under the law, unconstitutional. In Hollingsworth v. Perry, the Court dismissed the case, leaving in place a Federal District Court ruling that found Prop 8, California’s ban on marriage for gay couples, unconstitutional. Continue reading.

Equality Pennsylvania Applauds Congressman Dent for Co-sponsoring the Safe Schools Improvement Act

Harrisburg – Following a meeting with Equality Pennsylvania President, Adrian Shanker, and a delegation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) leaders in the 15th Congressional District, Congressman Charlie Dent (R-PA-15) has agreed to become the latest co-sponsor of the Safe-Schools Improvement Act. Equality Pennsylvania members have also called the Congressman’s office asking him to co-sponsor this bill. Continue reading.

Pittston Passes Policy to Protect LGBT People from Discrimination

On June 25, 2013, Pittston City Council passed a local ordinance protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people from discrimination in the city. Continue reading.

Scientific Opinion Poll Shows Pennsylvaniaʼs Small Businesses Strongly Support Employment Non-Discrimination Laws to Protect Gay and Transgender Workers

Harrisburg — A scientific opinion poll released today by Small Business Majority shows that 68 percent of small business owners in Pennsylvania believe federal law should prohibit employment discrimination against gay and transgender people. The vast majority of entrepreneurs (68 percent) also support a state law prohibiting discrimination — such as SB/HB300, the Pennsylvania Non-discrimination Act, which was introduced in the General Assembly in May. Continue reading.

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