May 18, 2019

HR 5 - Who Supports, Who Doesn't (Western PA Edition)

A day or so ago, I noticed this on Facebook:

So let's go see what HR 5 has to say.

The summary at
This bill prohibits discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, housing, credit, and the jury system. Specifically, the bill defines and includes sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation.

The bill expands the definition of public accommodations to include places or establishments that provide (1) exhibitions, recreation, exercise, amusement, gatherings, or displays; (2) goods, services, or programs; and (3) transportation services.

The bill allows the Department of Justice to intervene in equal protection actions in federal court on account of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The bill prohibits an individual from being denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room, and a dressing room, that is in accordance with the individual's gender identity.
Now let's go see who voted for/against this bill.

There are 6 Congressional districts in Western PA:
  • PA13: John Joyce (R) voted against
  • PA14: Guy Reschenthaler (R) voted against
  • PA15: Glenn Thompson (R) voted against
  • PA16: Mike Kelly (R) voted against
  • PA17: Conor Lamb (D) voted for
  • PA18: Mike Doyle (D) voted for
So the next time Representative Joyce, Reschenthaler, Thompson, or Kelly try to tell you they support freedom and equality, remind them of this vote - where they voted in favor of LGBT discrimination.

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