Friday, February 17, 2012

Cheltenham Passes Nondiscrimination Law

Commissioners in Cheltenham Township - Montgomery County, PA took the bold step of banning discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodation today - becoming the 27th municipality in the state to do so. The ordinance was introduced by Commissioner Kathy Hampton, and the final votes was months in the works.

"Today is a great day for Cheltenham Township" said Dr. David Flaks, a steering team member of Cheltenham Area Residents for Equality (CARE). "The commissioners have made it very clear that Cheltenham Township will protect its LGBT residents even while our State continues to condone second-class citizenship." Flaks thanked Commissioner Kathy Hampton who tirelessly championed the ordinance, the Township solicitor and manager and community allies including the NAACP, League of Women Voters, United Church of Christ, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, PFLAG and the Cheltenham Democrats, who all supported the ordinances.

Equality Pennsylvania partnered with CARE and worked diligently with the Commissioners in preparation for the vote. EQPA President, Adrian Shanker, was in attendance to provide testimony and stated, "The majority of Pennsylvanians, to the tune of 70%, support laws to protect people from discrimination. This isn't controversial and this isn't partisan. This is good, common sense, policy that will serve Cheltenham well.

Now the Commissioners will be appointing volunteers to serve on the soon-to-be-formed Human Relations Commission, and interested persons should contact the office of the Township manager.