September 11, 2010


Lower Merion Township is Considering a Homosexual Rights Ordinance!


The Administrative and Human Resources Committee of Lower Merion Township has recommended that the Board of Commissioners adopt a human rights ordinance with “sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression” language.

Earlier today the AFA of PA faxed the Township with some of the following information:

Even though Chapter 93, Sections C and D of the draft ordinance seek to say otherwise, this ordinance DOES validate a lifestyle which creates a public health risk – increased incidences of HIV/AIDS, syphilis, gonorrhea and other STDs. Recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control reaffirm that the vast majority of HIV/AIDS cases are men who have sex with men.

Chapter 93, Section 2 J concerning ‘Public Accommodations” states this ordinance “shall not include any accommodations which are in their nature distinctly private.”  Who gets to decide what is “in their nature distinctly private?”  Transgender activists will DEMAND to use the bathroom of their choice, locker and shower rooms at the local pool will not be exempt!

Remember this is NOT a civil rights issue. Those who identify as homosexual, bisexual or transgender have never been forced to sit at the back of the bus, nor prevented from voting as African Americans have.   Their sexual preference is not an unchangeable characteristic such as skin color or ethnicity.   These protections are being extended simply because of the sexual activity in which these groups engage.  Gender Identity is still viewed as a disorder by the America Psychological Association.  In a nut shell this ordinance is not needed and will have long term adverse affects upon the residents of the township.

Action Steps

1.)     Locally for information and directions e-mail

2.)    Contact Board President Bruce Reed AND your commissioner.  Click here for contact information and the link to a map to find your commissioner, if you don’t know who he or she is.  Ask them to vote NO on advertising the ordinance.  You can also contact Eileen Trainer, the township secretary to find out who your commissioner is.  Her number is Phone: (610)645-6145 or e-mail If this ordinance can be stopped Wednesday night, that would be the end of it!

3.)    Plan on attending the meeting Wednesday, September 15th at 6:30 p.m. at the Township Administration Bldg – 2nd Floor Board Room, 75 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore.  We need large numbers to turn out in opposition to this ordinance.  Click here for the agenda  and on that page click on Exhibit A to be able to read the entire ordinance.

4.)    If you do not live in Lower Merion Township, but know someone who does feel free to contact them to let them know.

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