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Breaking: Pennsylvania lawmakers discover 21st Century

Pennsylvania moves to ban housing discrimination by sexual orientation -- partying like it's 1987.

Party like it's 1987:

A very large bipartisan group of Pennsylvania lawmakers is backing a pair of bills aimed at discriminatory practices.

Politicians, advocates and others gathered Tuesday in Harrisburg to announce reintroduction of the House and Senate measures that would bar housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.   

The bills will end the last vestige of legal discrimination in Pennsylvania, "discrimination based on an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity or expression," said Rep. Dan Frankel, a Pittsburgh-area Democrat.

"I'm pleased to announce that, for the first time, these bills will be introduced at the same time with prime sponsors from both parties,"  he said.

This is a point that I've made in the past, that while we should be talking about gay marriage here in Pennsylvania, we can't really because we don't even have the basic LGBT civil rights protections that have been on the books in most non-Neanderthal states for decades. But...forward.

Blogger's note: Kind of tied up with a couple of bigger pieces so no post until later.