Sims, Frankel: House Republicans fail moral test in vote

Failure to pass amendment allows historic opportunity to slip away

HARRISBURG, Jan. 26 – Today the LGBTQ Equality Caucus marked the historic vote in the Pennsylvania House chamber on an amendment that would have extended civil rights to all Pennsylvanians, with caucus co-chairs Brian Sims and Dan Frankel offering the following the statement.

“Offered a chance to make a historic vote to extend civil rights to all Pennsylvanians regardless of race, color, creed, disability, identity or sexual orientation, Pennsylvania House Republicans failed to meet the moment, instead prioritizing political gains over the well-being of their fellow citizens.

“Today we had the opportunity to protect all Pennsylvanians from discrimination, something that has for almost a decade been blocked even from debate in a committee.

“After all of the history and heroes that were involved in propelling this issue forward and bringing us to this moment, we had a chance to take a step forward for every Pennsylvanian. And while the amendment today may have failed, we will never stop fighting for our friends, family, and neighbors.

“Every single Democrat voted for this amendment, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that without the interference of GOP leaders, we have the votes to finally provide statewide discrimination protections for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians. The only remaining question is: ‘When will the majority party allow that vote?’”