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Smart Talk: PA anti-discrimination law

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jul 5, 2016 9:00 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, July 5, 2016:

A year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court made a decision that in effect legalized same sex marriage in all 50 states.  It was a historic ruling, especially for those in the LGBT community.

Polls have shown that Americans are more accepting of same sex relationships and the LGBT community.   

That doesn't mean that everyone is on board. In Pennsylvania, there is no anti-discrimination law protecting people from being fired from their jobs or unable to obtain housing based on sexual orientation.  Pennsylvania is the only state in the northeast without such a law, although almost three dozen municipalities in the state have enacted anti-discrimination laws. 

Opponents of anti-discrimination laws are concerned that their religious beliefs and freedoms would be eroded.

Two weeks ago, the Senate Housing and Urban Affairs Committee approved a bill in bipartisan fashion that would prohibit discrimination in housing or employment based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.  However it appears, the bill is bogged down.

Joining us Tuesday to discuss the bill, its nuances and ramifications, is Ted Martin, Executive Director of Equality Pennsylvania.

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Ted Martin

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