Diane Gramley, head of Pennsylvania’s most active anti-LGBT hate group is not pleased. Pennsylvania Senate Bill 1306 would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s existing nondiscrimination law. It has a good chance of being passed and then signed into law. Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, supports the bill. The Pennsylvania Senate is in Democratic control, the House is controlled by GOPers.
The bill provides for very explicit nondiscrimination protections in employment, housing and public accommodations. Religious organizations get an employment exemption providing that they are not supported by state funds.
According to American Family Association’s “news” blog: “PA law would permit men in church’s ladies’ rooms.” Not really. Charlie Butts goes on to write:
A traditional family values group is hopeful that a Pennsylvania bill granting special privileges to homosexuals and “transgender” people will be challenged in court if it becomes law.
That group he is referring to is the AFA of Pennsylvania. American Family Association and, separately, the American Family Association of Pennsylvania are designated as anti-LGBT hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center. For as long as they characterize freedom from discrimination as a special privilege I suppose that they will be listed as hate groups. If there is a special privilege here it would be the right to discriminate against people that they disapprove of all nicely cloaked in religious freedom language.
Butts goes on to write:
controversial progressive bill requires a business or organization with
four or more employees to hire workers – even if their lifestyle and
beliefs about human sexuality are contrary to their employer’s views.
There is nothing controversial about nondiscrimination laws. And Charlie is correct. The business owner may have many prejudices. He or she may think that Jews are destined to Hell or that black men have no business marrying white women. The law requires the employer to hire people based solely upon their qualifications. What a silly and novel idea that is.
Diane Gramley has previously stated that she believes that judges should be impeached if they render rulings that Ms. Gramley doesn’t like. She has some very odd ideas.
“Large churches that maybe have a gym or something like that, and have shower facilities, they also would be forced to allow men in the women’s shower room or women in the men’s shower room if they think they’re the opposite sex,” Gramley told OneNewsNow.
She stressed that this would also apply to church daycare centers and other religion-based groups.
“It solely turns the whole idea of sexuality on its head,” Gramley argues. “And it’s just tragic that we as a country have come to this, but I just can’t help think of how William Penn – the founder of Pennsylvania – would think about what’s going on in his dense woods.”
Ms. Gramley should never, ever use the word “dense” for obvious reasons. You would think that there are hordes of transgender church members just waiting for the opportunity to fuck with Gramley’s religious freedom. On the AFA-PA website she writes:
Since last year, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been pumped into
Pennsylvania to try to get these homosexual special rights bills
passed. Money from the DC-based homosexual lobby group Human Rights
Campaign, the ACLU and the American Unity Fund have freely flowed into
PA to bolster the funding of PA-based homosexual groups. That money
helped them canvass the state and target businesses with (I believe)
misleading information about these bills — all for the purpose of
gaining the support of businesses for these bills. (Note: They are
special rights bills because protections that would be extended are
based upon the behavior of the individual, not upon
I am profoundly thankful that Gramley has explained why freedom from discrimination is a special right. Poor Ms. Gramley has been victimized by all of these commie special interest groups. My guess is that the Chamber of Commerce supports this bill because it is good for business. From the Chamber indirectly flows money to GOPers which is why I think the odds of passage are pretty good.
The odds of making Ms. Gramley miserable are even better. I haven’t the first clue how she hopes to challenge this in court. Neither does she.