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LGBT Advocates Make Case For Pa. Anti-Discrimination Legislation

By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – On the same day President Obama signed an executive order preventing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by federal contractors, supporters of similar anti-discrimination legislation pressed their case in the state capitol Monday.

Allegheny County House Democrat Dan Frankel joined other lawmakers, along with faith and business leaders, in calling for passage of legislation that would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations such as restaurants and hotels.

Frankel said a federal court ruling legalizing same sex marriage in Pennsylvania is an incomplete victory, “We also know that a loving couple that gets married on a Saturday could be fired on a Monday for displaying their wedding picture on their desk.”

Frankel indicated he and his supporters had higher hopes for movement of legislation in the Senate as opposed to the House, but a spokesman for the Senate majority leader says there’s no specific plan for action in the remainder of this legislative session.

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