Recently Read: Bishop calls Pennsylvania to extend rights to all

Bishop Peggy JohnsonBishop Peggy Johnson of the Philadelphia Episcopal Area (Eastern Pennsylvania) recently submitted a letter to the editor of Philadelphia Inquirer arguing for the passage of an anti-discrimination law at the state level. She wrote:

That is why I am speaking up for my lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) brothers and sisters. I was surprised to learn Pennsylvania’s laws don’t treat all people equally, and that it’s entirely legal to fire someone, deny a mortgage, or refuse a hotel room simply because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. Hardworking Pennsylvanians are living in fear they will lose a job for reasons that have nothing to do with performance. Responsible citizens trying to achieve the American dream of home ownership are denied simply because of who they are.

via Letters to the Editor – Philly.com.

Click on the link above to read the full letter.

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Something strikes me as odd from link you have provided in that last post. If the Pennsylvania Statutes forbid discrimination as you claim, why do thirty-two local ordinances need to exist? Many were enacted in the last four years. The state statute was enacted in 1997. If the statute did what you claim, few if any of those local ordinances would have been necessary. The whole truth you seek has been provided over and over. I will provide it in clear and bold form on a line all by itself. Pennsylvania Statutes fail to provide any protection for homosexuals. Bishop… Read more »
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I am sorry. I never intended to begin an argument over the woes of current state and federal law. I did intend to celebrate Bishop Johnson's bold statement. I did intend to counter your statement. I did intend to draw you to do some research. I did seek to settle the gurgling doubt reference to Bishop Johnson's desire and intent that I sensed you had. Much of what I had hoped to accomplish has failed; so I make another attempt. I hope you follow the better path in your next actions on this matter. I am afraid you are mistaken.… Read more »
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Here is a link by a group that has an interest in th e laws of PA. It is a short list. There are more. http://mazzonicenter.org/resources/list-pennsylva… This is not about argument. It is about presenting the whole truth not just filtered truth used ot promote one side. The Bishop should be more carefull with her words and facts. I’ll check back in a few days to see if you have found the recent case number for the mortgage rejection based solely on sexual orientation and I will keep you in my prayers also. I would love to read the case.
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My thanks and overwhelming gratitude to Bishop Johnson for speaking out as she lives the Word of God and The Book of Discipline to the fullest. I grew up in PA, but have lived in Florida for quite some time. I keep an eye on the news for legislative action in PA and FL, and related court action pertaining to this matter. Familial Status is an incredibly broad term. At the time, it applied to everything BUT the homosexual relationship of the heads of household, or to homosexual individuals or couples seeking services from a business. Homosexuality, gender identity and… Read more »
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What was is not what is.

“Familial Status” will be used and what local law does not protect Federal Law does. By your own statement the vagueness of the term has yet to be tested.

assuming your statement is correct. I have not checked.

The Bishop misrepresents the law to invoke sympathy and to further her personal cause.

I would like to see the cases she references about denied mortgages in recent history.

The challenge against same sex marriage in PA is on going and I believe the S.C. ruled on state rights.

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Wrong.

The Bishop is misinformed.

She needs to read the law.

"Familia Status"

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/co

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The law in most, if not all states does allow discrimination based on other factors such as criminal record, income, etc.. for employment, loans and housing. The law does allow private parties a little more leeway of choice. If you wanted to rent a room in your home out with children in the home, you fail to do a back round check, and rented the room to a convicted sex offender you may find yourself accused of a crime. If a landlord rented a home to a convicted sex offender and put the children of the neighborhood at risk “they… Read more »
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