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Sen. Farnese Calls for Passage of Legislation to Protect Pennsylvania’s LGBT Citizens Under Current Hate Crime Statute; Applauds Local Awareness Efforts
On September 19, 2014
Stakeholder and supporter rally in Capitol Tuesday, Sept. 23
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 19, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today announced that he will hold a rally in the Pennsylvania Capitol to advocate for the passage of Senate Bill 42, legislation that would expand the commonwealth’s hate crime protections to include Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) citizens.
“There is no place for hate in Pennsylvania and every citizen, regardless of who they choose to love, should be protected equally under the law, especially against hate crimes,” said Sen. Farnese. “I’ve called on the Judiciary Committee to send Senate Bill 42 to the floor for a vote immediately.
“I’m also holding a rally on Tuesday to not only send a clear message to those who are unwilling to extend our current hate crime protection to our LGBT friends and neighbors, but to take an important step towards passing some important legislation that was drafted by my friend and colleague, Sen. Jim Ferlo.”
In preparation for the rally, Farnese sent a letter to Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Willow Grove), chairman of the state Senate Judiciary Committee, calling for the speedy passage of SB 42 in light of the hateful attack that took place against a gay couple in Center City Philadelphia Sept. 11. Read a copy of the letter online by clicking here.
“If those attackers thought their actions were going to hinder our fight for equality, then they were sorely mistaken. Right now, there are so many amazing individuals, stakeholders and organizations that have mobilized – from community leaders like Rep. Brian Sims (D-Phila.) and LGBT advocates to the City of Philadelphia, Equality PA and the Senate’s LGBT Caucus – to keep everyone’s attention on the need to pass this legislation and make every one of our communities equally protected under the law,” Farnese said.
SB 42 and its companion legislation in the House that was drafted by Rep. Brendan F. Boyle (D-Phila.), HB 177, re-enacts Title 18 language to extend protection under the ethnic intimidation clause of Chapter 27 to include ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity.
Sen. Larry Farnese was elected to the Senate in 2008 to represent Pennsylvania’s First Senatorial District which contains some of Philadelphia’s most unique and vibrant neighborhoods from Port Richmond on the Delaware River to Fairmount Park on the Schuylkill River and South Philadelphia, Center City, the Navy Yard, Philadelphia International Airport. Senator Farnese serves as the Democratic Chair of the Communications and Technology Committee. He is also a member of the Appropriations Committee, Banking and Insurance Committee, and the Judiciary Committee. His District Office is located at 1802 S. Broad Street in Philadelphia, PA (ph: 215-952-3121) and his Harrisburg Office is located at 543 Main Capitol in Harrisburg, PA (ph: 717-787-5662). More information about the Senator and his initiatives is available at www.senatorfarnese.com.