News Release
For Immediate Release:  February 27, 2013
Contact:  Diane Gramley  1.814.271.9078 or 1.814.437.5355

2.7% of Pennsylvanians Want to be Given Special Rights

(Harrisburg) — In April 2011 UCLA’s pro-homosexual think tank the Williams Institute released a report finding that 4 percent of the US population identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), with only 4 million or 1.7 percent identifying as “gay.”  Now the same think tank, upon reviewing Gallup Polling data, has reported that 3.5% of the US population identity as LGBT.  Pennsylvania is below the national average at 2.7% of the Pennsylvania population identifying as LGBT.   The statewide traditional values group, the American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), notes that there are increased efforts within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to extend special protections to this very small group of individuals simply because of the sexual activity in which they engage.  The AFA of PA will make this information available to all members of the General Assembly.

“Are laws in Pennsylvania being written or re-written to accommodate 2.7% of the entire population — 331,589 people?” asked Diane Gramley, president of the AFA of PA.  “This is a very small, but vocal group demanding Pennsylvania validate sexual perversion.”

Already a bill has been introduced to legalize fake marriage — civil unions.  Hate crimes legislation which equates changeable ‘sexual orientation” with unchangeable race and ethnicity has also been introduced.  A school anti-bullying bill which contains a list of protected classes including ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ will, if passed, target students with deeply held religious beliefs that homosexuality is wrong.  As in past years, there will be another effort to add “sexual orientation and gender identity” to the PA Human Relations Act.

Former Congressman Artur Davis has made it clear that equating the efforts by homosexuals to advance ‘gay rights’ with those of African-Americans is wrong.  He notes that homosexuals have never been prevented from voting, nor excluded from public accommodations or union shops.  Their struggle is not the same as those faced by African-Americans.

“The 2.7 percent of Pennsylvania citizens who identify as homosexual, bisexual or transgender have the same rights as every Pennsylvanian.  Saying there is a need for ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity ‘ to be added to laws so they won’t lose their jobs or be thrown out of their apartment is disingenuous,” noted Gramley.

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