Urge Bethlehem, PA to adopt a strong, LGBT-inclusive, non-discrimination law!
  • Petitioned John Callahan

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John Callahan
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J. William Reynolds
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David T. DiGiacinto
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Jean Belinski
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Eric Evans
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Karen Dolan
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Robert Donchez
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Gordon Mowrer

Urge Bethlehem, PA to adopt a strong, LGBT-inclusive, non-discrimination law!

    1. Petition by

      Rob Hopkins

      Bethlehem, PA

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June 2011

Victory

The City Council of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania voted unanimously to send the proposed non discrimination ordinance back to Mayor John Callahan for his signature. The ordinance was introduced by Mayor Callahan in September 2010 and previously passed unanimously through the Human Resources and Environment Committee and the First Reading of City Council. Mayor Callahan is expected to sign the bill into law. 

More than 600 people signed Rob Hopkins' Change.org petition urging the City Council of Bethlehem to pass this ordinance. http://chn.ge/kKYavw

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is currently debating a citywide ordinance that would make discrimination illegal in housing, employment, education, or public accomodation, and which includes specific protections for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. But fringe anti-gay hate groups are mobilizing their membership, hoping to make the ordinance ineffective in combating discrimination through sneaky amendments and back-door politics.

Bethlehem is currently the largest city in Pennsylvania without a non-discrimination ordinance  – meaning that right now, because of the lack of LGBT protections in PA law, it’s perfectly legal for LGBT people to be denied housing, fired from their jobs, kicked out of restaurants, or harassed in public accommodations. Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan wants to change that, pushing forward an ordinance that would protect everyone who lives or works in Bethlehem from discrimination.

“I think it sends a very clear message to people about Bethlehem that we're inclusive and we put a high value on human rights,” Mayor Callahan said, "this issue is about fairness and equal opportunity for our whole community."

Yet the American Family Association (AFA) and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown are pressuring City Council members to gut key protections from the legislation. These anti-gay groups are sending out misleading information, warning that the “gay lifestyle” will take over the city if this anti-discrimination effort moves forward, and imposing an overly-broad religious exemption, which in their words, would exempt about 50% of the City from the law.

Don’t let the AFA, the Catholic Diocese, and their extreme homophobic agenda win. Send Bethlehem City Council members a message now, letting them know that it’s time to demonstrate that Bethlehem is a city where all people are welcome and safe, and tell them to pass this ordinance with strong enforcement powers and narrow exemptions, so that the entire community can be protected.

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    • Jennifer Boulanger ALLENTOWN, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      Please do not discriminate against my friends in Bethlehem!

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    • Constance Franklin LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Intolerance toward others based on gender, religion, sexual preference, race, disability should never be tolerated. Separation of church and state forever. Shame on AFA and the Catholic Diocese for their hateful intolerance.

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    • Phil Belusko BETHLEHEM, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      As a Bethlehem Resident, we cannot let the Catholic Church run our city! Separation of Church and State!

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    • Virginia Mayer FORT WASHINGTON, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      Give everyone the same equal rights.

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    • Marilyn Humphries BEVERLY, MA
      • over 3 years ago

      This is a wonderful opportunity for Bethlehem to show leadership in standing up for the civil rights of all of her citizens.

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