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- April 2002 City Council adds 'sexual orientation'
and 'gender identity to human rights ordinance --
- Effort immediately begins to force referendum on
November 2002 ballot giving all voters in Allentown an opportunity to weigh in on
change in ordinance.
- July 2002 necessary signatures collected.
However the acts of intimidation and harassment on the part of
homosexual activists force over 600 signatories to sign affidavits
saying that they were misled and did not intend to sign the
petition. Even though there is no such provision in the city's
laws the mayor tells the city clerk to remove the names, thus the
petition drive falls short of the necessary total
- June 2003-- transgender prison guard in Carbon
County wins lawsuit against union -- which is based in Allentown --
and can now wear a dress to work!
- Allentown's new ordinance is challenged by several
landlords in the city.
- June 2004 -- A lower court finds that the city has
overstepped its bounds in passing an ordinance that is not a part of
the Pennsylvania statutes.
- August 2005 -- The Commonwealth Court overturns the
lower court decision and says the Allentown human rights ordinance
is permissible even though state law does not include such language
in the PA Human Relations Act. Conclusion -- men can wear
dresses to work and shower with women in the workplace!
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