LGBTQ+ Caucus responds to Chambersburg Borough Council’s vote to repeal anti-discrimination ordinance

HARRISBURG, Jan. 25 -- In response to Monday’s vote to repeal an LGBTQ anti-discrimination ordinance by Chambersburg Borough councilmembers, state Reps. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, Brian Sims, D-Phila., and Sen. Katie Muth, D-Berks, all co-chairs of the LGBTQ+ Caucus, released the following statement:

“Last night, the Republican-led Chambersburg Borough Council committed a shameful action by repealing their local nondiscrimination ordinance. That vote was a dangerous step backwards and puts LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians in an extremely vulnerable position, eliminating their access to recourse if they are denied housing, education or public accommodations because of who they are or who they love.

“A family with two moms that stops for dinner on a road trip through Chambersburg can now be refused service at a restaurant. A trans man’s rental application for a new apartment can be denied for no other reason than that his gender does not match the sex he was assigned at birth.

“While many localities have made headway in enacting local ordinances to prohibit discrimination, 65% of Pennsylvania’s population still lives in a municipality with no protections. Pennsylvanians know that legal discrimination is immoral and that it harms this commonwealth economically.

“Since 2001, Democrats have introduced comprehensive legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Like previous versions, House Bill 300 currently sits in the House State Government Committee where it has not received a vote, let alone a hearing.

“We are once again asking for Republican leadership to allow H.B. 300 to receive a vote, so finally someone’s civil rights are not decided by their ZIP code.”