An anti-discrimination ordinance did not pass in Plymouth, PA last month, but the local LGBTQ+ community and supporters aren’t giving up just yet, reports Gary Puleo for The Times Herald.
The ordinance, which would have prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, was amended by a vote of 3-2 to exclude the human relations commission language. The ordinance was then deferred.
“The Republicans (Dean Eisenberger, Lenore Bruno, Ron Trask) all voted to amend,” noted Plymouth Councilman Marty Higgins.
“Without the enforcement part of the issue, it is meaningless,” he said. “It said to council that it is like making a promise that you know you cannot keep. An audience member compared it to posting speed limit signs without police to enforce.”
Higgins brought the ordinance before the council after being approached by township resident Vivian Lotz among others.
“I attended a council meeting in January when a new police officer was being sworn in by Judge Francis Bernhardt,” Lotz said. “I noted that the officer was taking an oath not to discriminate against anyone, including LGBTQ citizens. Yet, in Plymouth Township, we have no ordinance to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination.
Incredible as it sounds, in Pennsylvania, we can be denied a mortgage, fired, evicted, or refused service in public accommodations. This lack of protection seemed wrong to me, in this day and age, when so many communities practice tolerance. And so this journey began.”
The council will revisit the ordinance at a meeting on May 8th, 2017.
Read the full story about the tabled ordinance at The Times Herald.