Methodist bishops call for update of Pa. nondiscrimination laws

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvania’s United Methodist Church bishops are calling on legislators to update the state’s anti-discrimination laws.

The bishops held a news conference Wednesday to announce their support for legislation that would protect gay and transgender people from being fired from their jobs, evicted from their homes, or refused services at businesses because of who they are.

“No matter our struggle and our wrestling may be in terms of the morality of human sexuality and how our stance is morally on that, discrimination is very different and is fully against what we believe as people of faith,” said Rev. James McIntire, pastor of Hope United Methodist Church in Havertown.

“It’s an important moment,” Equality PA executive director Ted Martin said. “It’s a defining moment, I think, for Pennsylvania to say everyone is equal, we should treat everyone fairly.  I think we’re getting there and I encourage everyone to help us move along.”

The bishops said Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate for gay and transgender people is nearly three times the national average.

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