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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of the Freedom to Marry for All Americans–including Same Sex Couples

PA residents have had the freedom to marry for a year, but still lack discrimination protections at work, in housing, and in business services

Harrisburg- Today the Supreme Court ruled that all people in the United States of America deserve the freedom to marry the person they love. The Justices’ decision this morning was received by celebrations all around the nation.

Michael Testa, president of the Equality PA Board said, “It’s a truly great day when every person in America is treated equally when it comes to marrying the person you love. We couldn’t be more pleased with the court’s decision and this will mean a lot to couples and their families all across the country.”

“However, this victory is bittersweet here in Pennsylvania, because, as most Pennsylvanians are shocked to learn, it is still legal to be fired from your job, turned away from a business, or evicted from an apartment just because of who you are or who you love,” Testa added.

In the last Pennsylvania legislative session two bills were introduced in the House and Senate that would update the Human Relations Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in the statutes related to discrimination at work, in housing, and business services. The bills had bi-partisan Co-Prime Sponsors in both houses and record numbers of sponsors overall. New bills calling for discrimination protections for LGBT people are expected to be reintroduced in the current session.

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