May 17, 2017
Danger Ahead if This Move is Successful
Currently there is a bill in the State Senate that would add “sexual orientation and gender identity or expression” to the PA Human Relations Act. (FYI: The current Republican candidate for governor, Senator Scott Wagner, is a co-sponsor of the bill!) Just today State Rep Dan Frankel introduced a similar bill in the State House. HB 1410 has not yet been assigned to a committee. This repeated attempt to extend special protections to homosexuals and take away the religious freedom of Christians has been going on for over a decade, but now the attack is coming from another angle.
Now, the tactic has changed and the PA Human Relations Commission (PAHRC) is seeking to simply change the definition of ‘sex’ in the law to now mean “sex stereotyping.” If their proposed change is approved, the PAHRC will expand their investigations to include that redefinition. They are taking public comment on this proposed changed until May 26th! That’s just next week!!
Here’s some of what will happen if they are successful:
1.) All schools (even religious schools not directly under the authority of a church) would be forced to open their girls’ bathrooms, showers and locker rooms to boys who think they are girls and vice versa, open their sports teams to anyone, allow male athletes who think they are female to room with girls in an away game situation requiring an overnight stay.
2.) All public accommodations (restaurants, stores, health clubs, gyms, parks, libraries, bowling alleys, amusement parks, etc.) would be forced to allow men who think they are women to use the women’s facilities.
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