Gay Marriage Advocates Push For Protection Against Discrimination

Celebrations among the gay marriage advocates in Pennsylvania was immediate after the Supreme Court ruling on Thursday.

One local group is focusing on smaller victories first, before tackling the ever controversial gay marraige battle.

It’s not specifically gay marriage rights that people in Lancaster are focusing on.

It’s protection banning discrimination against sexual orientation and gender identity.

“God bless america…” sang singers at the US Capitol on Thursday.

Gay marriage supporters feel a new sense of adrenaline today after a historical ruling on the national level.

“Are treated like anyone else,” says LGBT Caucus leader, Barry Russell.

But before local groups rush the Pennsylvania State Capitol, they want to focus on a push for overall equality as two non discrimination bills are currently being discussed in the House and Senate.

“In all the states that have affirmed marriage equality already, they did not do so without already having a non discrimination bill on the books,” says Russell.

Lancaster City has a non discrimination clause but step outside city lines and things are very different.

“Yes you can be fired from your job, you can be denied housing and you can be kicked out of a restaurant just because of how you’re perceived,” says Russell.

For some this is a very personal issue.

“Follow the golden rule, treat others as you want to be treated…that’s it in a nutshell,” says Sally Lyall.

Sally Lyall’s cousin was brutally beatened to the point that he was unrecognizable.

She says it was because he’s gay.

“It’s savagery unbelievable,” says Lancaster Democratic Chair, Sally Lyall.

Gay rights advocate Laurie Baulig says Thursday’s court ruling is like winning game one of the world series.

A small, but very proud moment.

“I really never even conceived of a day where we would have marriage equality…I hope to see it in my lifetime. I really do,” says Laurie Bauling.

As of Saturday evening, both House and Senate Bills did not have any action taken.

Those bills would add sexual orientation and gender identity in expression to an already exisiting non discrimination act.

7 comments

  • uhavenoclu

    Marriage is just a business scam. But finding someone who you can love and loves youin return and can grow and find joy and pleasure with no matter what sex what color what religion what nation what stupid political party is where true love is all about.
    Stop looking at the limited physical side of it and look at the internal heartfelt love.
    Let your heart find your true love and not your ego.

  • uhavenoclu

    God does not believe in seperation. God loves all. So why would God only bless America and not all beings? .shows how limited and unknowing people are.

  • mary

    Nothing works like publicity. Let's get the discimination out there in plain view. What company is firing gays? What restaurants are denying service and which apartments are denying tenent status to gays. The public will demand justice. Blind accusations are cheap politics.

    • Joe

      Good idea. Don't hire Italians since they're all mobsters, Jews because they're cheap, or Irish because they're drunks. Those Germans are Nazis as well. What a really dumb thing to say!

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