Pennsylvania Governor Bars LGBT Discrimination in Contracts

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    Apr 07, 2016 10:34 PM GMT
    Pennsylvania's governor on Thursday barred state contractors and grant recipients from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity as he awaits action on stalled legislation that would ban such bias in employment, housing and public services.

    Gov. Tom Wolf signed the executive order, telling an audience of advocates in his Capitol offices that Pennsylvania needs to be seen as a welcoming place and calling it a "small step" until Republican lawmakers act.


    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/pennsylvania-governor-bars-lgbt-discrimination-contracts-38233550
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 07, 2016 11:04 PM GMT
    I think it is totally inexcusable for Pennsylvania which is a Northeastern state to still not protect its gay, lesbian, and bisexual citizens from employment and housing discrimination. However in order to successfully push pro GLB legislation in the Harrisburg statehouse, the Pennsylvania GOP needs to be purged of all those bigoted, witless tea baggers from the rural mountain counties in the central part of the state. Pennsylvanians whether they are rural, suburban, and urban all need to be educated that any type of discrimination is very costly to everyone in the long run. Last I checked, the cities of Erie and Pittsburgh have no local ordinances protecting their GLB citizens from employment and housing discrimination. Philadelphia and most of its neighboring suburbs do prohibit discrimination against GLB people in housing and employment. I think that the cities of Harrisburg, Allentown, and Scranton also have ordinances on their municipal books protecting their GLB communities from discrimination. I am keeping my fingers crossed on Pennsylvania finally joining its fellow northeastern states in protecting its GLB population from discrimination in employment and housing.
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    Apr 08, 2016 1:16 PM GMT
    this is an important and futile effort until there is a federal uniform law.
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    Apr 08, 2016 7:43 PM GMT
    pellaz saidthis is an important and futile effort until there is a federal uniform law.


    Not futile, just baby steps. That is what presidential, Obama, amending and signing of EO 11246 was about. icon_smile.gif

    We know the current legislative (law making) process is too dam partisan to get anything done icon_confused.gif



    'This is the right thing for us to do': Gov. Tom Wolf signs LGBT anti-discrimination protections
    http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/04/non-discrimination_gov_tom_wol.html

    State government employees and contractors are now protected from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, although it's unclear when those protections will be extended to other Pennsylvania residents.

    "This is the right thing for us to do," Gov. Tom Wolf said as he signed two executive orders on Thursday. "Just as it was the right thing for William Penn to do when he proclaimed that Pennsylvania was a place for everyone, regardless of their religion."

    Thursday's executive orders would only protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender whose employment falls under the governor's authority. It does not include employees of state-funded schools and universities.

    In all, Wolf said, the protections will apply to 79,000 state employees and tens of thousands of state contracts as they come up for renewal.

    An earlier Pennsylvania executive order, from 2003, had already barred discrimination of state employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The new orders place greater emphasis on equal employment opportunity and active oversight by the Office of Administration and the Department of General Services. This would be the first time contractors are included under the protections.
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    Apr 08, 2016 8:10 PM GMT
    Good for the Governor! We live in a time when politicians are widely held in contempt and it's a good thing when people can see the power of the State put to good use. It reminds us all that politics and politicians aren't all bad and can actual be used to effect the greater good.

    Progress. Sometimes it's slow but as long as we are still moving forward we're on the right path.
  • leanandclean

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    Apr 08, 2016 8:29 PM GMT
    Good on him because unfortunately the legislation is worse than stalled.