AFA of PA ACTION ALERT
March 14, 2014
Ask Your State Rep and State Senator to Oppose These Bills
The State Equality Fund, of which the Gill Foundation is a part, dumped a $500,000 grant into Pennsylvania to push for the passage of HB 300 and SB 300 which would add ‘sexual orientation and gender identity or expression” into the PA Human Relations Act. The grant was split between Equality Pennsylvania, National Center for Transgender Equality and Keystone Progress. Each of the three organizations will hire a community organizer, one focusing on the transgender issue and another on targeting rural areas of the commonwealth. Ted Martin, executive director of Equality PA , said, “Nondiscrimination is the foundation to a lot.” It should be noted here that judges have pointed to a state’s “non-discrimination” law in their decision to throw out a state’s marriage law or constitutional amendment protecting marriage. So, yes . . . these laws can have a profound ripple effect, if passed.
The end of February, homosexual activists and their allies targeted State Reps and State Senators putting pressure on them to support the bills. It’s now our turn! Here are some of the repercussions in other states that have passed similar laws:
- Evergreen State College, a Washington state college has decided it will not prevent a 45-year-old man from lounging naked in a women’s locker room, in an area frequented by girls as young as six.
- King Spa and Sauna, in the Chicago area, is facing down discrimination allegations, after management told a transgender person he could not use the spa’s men’s shower area.
- A Portland, Oregon bar has been fined $400,000 because the owner asked transgender men dressed like women to stop meeting at his bar because they were using the women’s restroom and running off business.
- In Maryland, one hair salon owner testified that she’ll lose business under a similar “non-discrimination” law. Like a lot of shop owners, she said the government can force her to hire transgenders, but it can’t force customers who are uncomfortable with them to come into her salon.
- Jack Phillips owns the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, CO. He made it clear to the homosexual couple – as acknowledged by the court – that he would be happy to bake and sell cakes to these gay men any other time they wanted. Therefore, he is not discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation. He readily sells to people he knows to be gay. What he is unwilling to do is to participate in an event that he opposes for legitimate religious reasons. Administrative Law Judge Robert Spencer, however, ordered Phillips, on pain of fines or even jail time, to violate his faith and provide the wedding cake to homosexuals Charlie Craig and David Mullins.
- The Hawaii First Circuit Court judge ruled on April 11 that the owner of Aloha Bed & Breakfast violated state law when she told Taeko Bufford and Diane Cervelli she was not comfortable having them stay together in her home because of her religious beliefs. The two women had requested a room with a single bed, and when the owner asked if they were lesbians, they answered truthfully. According to the ruling, the bed and breakfast violated the state public accommodations law and is ordered, from now on, to provide a room to any same-sex couple that wishes stay there.
In 2011 Ted Martin, executive director of Equality Pennsylvania, said “This is about some really basic stuff. It is still perfectly legal to be gay or perceived to be gay and be denied housing, a job or even use of a public bathroom. These are things afforded to the average American person.”
The intention of HB and SB 300 is to force all Pennsylvanians, under force of law, to accept homosexuality as normal. Church and other private schools which receive any government money and employ more than four people will be forced to hire homosexuals, bisexuals and transgenders. As evidenced across the country, Christian business owners will be forced to participate in same-sex commitment ceremonies/weddings by being required to bake wedding cakes, provide wedding flowers, etc. or face fines.
Go to our ACTION CENTER here and contact your State Representative to oppose HB 300.
Go to our ACTION CENTER here and contact your State Senator to oppose SB 300.