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Upper Dublin becomes 44th Municipality to Protect LGBT people in PA

Equality Pennsylvania congratulates Upper Dublin Township, which passed an ordinance at its commissioner’s meeting last evening that protects LGBTQ individuals in their access to employment, housing, and public accommodations.

Upper Dublin becomes the 44th municipality in Pennsylvania to pass such an ordinance, adding the township’s more than 25,000 residents and workers to protected status.  Neither Pennsylvania nor Federal law protects LGBTQ individuals against discrimination.

“We have taken a bold and important step to protect our civil liberties and show the world that the people of Upper Dublin Township do not and will not support discrimination,” said community member Ellen Toplin of Upper Dublin who led the ordinance effort. In a message to supporters Toplin thanked the board of Commissioners for their diligence and for supporting the ordinance.

“Without a local ordinance, state law, or federal law, LGBTQ individuals can be fired, evicted, or denied access to public places and opportunity,” said John Dawe, Equality Pennsylvania Managing Director. “We applaud Dublin Township in taking this important step and continue to urge our state legislators to take a cue to the leaders in Dublin Township and pass the PA Fairness Act.”

The ordinance also created the all-volunteer Upper Dublin Human Relations Commission to oversee the ordinance’s implementation and execution.  Residents are invited to apply for appointment to the commission at


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