By Jim Melwert

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Phoenixville, Chester County became the 40th municipality in Pennsylvania to extend anti-discrimination protections to the LGBT community.

Equality Pennsylvania Executive Director Ted Martin says, for 14 years, they’ve been trying to get a state law to outlaw discrimination against the LGBT community.

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“Pennsylvania remains the only state in the northeast where you can still be fired for being gay. You can be evicted, you can be denied a public accommodation,” said Martin.

But under an ordinance passed Wednesday in Phoenixville, a five-person volunteer board would handle discrimination claims through mediation.

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Kennett Square passed a similar ordinance a week prior.

Phoenixville resident Bill Davidson welcomes the new ordinance, but adds this should not fall to the local level.

“Hopefully this will encourage the state to pass a statewide anti-discrimination ordinance that includes the LGBTQ community,” he said.

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There are now 21 municipalities with anti-discrimination ordinances in the four suburban counties. Philadelphia passed its law banning discrimination based on sexual orientation in 1982.