The House Democratic Policy Committee held a public hearing on LGBT hate crimes Thursday.
A growing coalition of state lawmakers, law enforcement officials, and other leaders are pressing for an amendment to Pennsylvania’s hate-crime law to protect the LGBT community.
But the conservative senator from Lehigh County has carved a careful path in casting his vote.
Reps. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) and Steve McCarter (D-Montgomery/Philadelphia) made the announcement on the introduction of H.B. 1686, the Pennsylvania Marriage Equality Act.
The 7,700 square feet of retail space at 21st and Market Streets are laid out in colors: blue for spirits, orange for wines, and green for the “premium” and “chairman selections.”
Pennsylvania’s first elected gay legislator is getting ready to take office in the State House in January after winning an uncontested race this past week.
Brian Sims won a decisive victory in the Democratic primary in Philadelphia’s 182nd District back in April of 2012, and late Tuesday night, he announced on his Facebook page that he’d clinched his place in the House of Representatives.
Voters in Pennsylvania are choosing party nominees for state legislative races and in some areas, they’ll also be voting for candidates who’ll serve the unexpired terms of lawmakers who’ve resigned.