Pennsylvania Tom Wolf is using the public outrage over Indiana’s potentially discriminatory religious freedom law to push for anti-discrimination law in this state.
Wolf writes in an email to campaign supporters that he doesn’t “understand what the Governor of Indiana was thinking when he signed a bill that allows discrimination against people based on who they love.”
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“Pennsylvania is the only state in the Northeast that doesn't prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and expression -- and that needs to end,” Wolf writes.
In Indiana, legislators have scrambled to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act after being subject to a wave of criticism that it could allow businesses to discriminate against gays, lesbians and transgender people.
In Pennsylvania, Wolf asked people to sign a petition in support of a new state law that would prevent discrimination against LGBT people.
He says that without such a law gay people and their families “can be fired, denied a mortgage, or refused service at a hotel, library, or even a hospital.”