HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state lawmaker made it public that he’s gay while at a news conference with other Democrats to urge passage of legislation to outlaw discrimination based on someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Tuesday’s announcement by Allegheny County Sen. Jim Ferlo makes him the first sitting Pennsylvania state senator who is openly gay, and the third state lawmaker.

READ MORE: Stimulus Check Latest: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?

Ferlo isn’t running again, and he’ll leave the Senate on Nov. 30 after 12 years. Ferlo also notes that he’s never denied being gay.

The new push for the legislation comes after a high-profile altercation in Philadelphia that left two gay men injured. Police initially called the case a potential hate crime, but Pennsylvania’s hate-crime statute doesn’t cover crimes motivated by anti-gay bias.

READ MORE: Mothers Who Lost Sons To Gun Violence Gather At Dell Music Center To Receive Potted Flower On Mother's Day

Defense lawyers say anti-gay bias didn’t motivate their clients.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

MORE NEWS: Police: Teenager, 23-Year-Old Killed In Quintuple Shooting In Olney

You may also be interested in these stories:
[display-posts category=”talkers” wrapper=”ul” posts_per_page=”5″]