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Righting discrimination

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 12:00am -- Rabbi

This has been a week of dramatic events in our country in the battle to end discrimination against Americans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.  The governor's 
veto in Arizona and the action of the courts in Texas advanced the cause of freedom and equity for all people, a cause enshrined in Torah in the recognition that all human beings are created in the image of God. However, it is important to remember that the only reason that discriminatory laws could be proposed and passed in the first place is that in most states, including Pennsylvania, LGBT people are not legally protected from discrimination in the workplace, in housing, or in other areas of public life.  This must change.  Equality Pennsylvania is partnering with many other groups to push for an anti-discrimination bill in the Pennsylvania legislature, and they already have 100 co-sponsors.  You can find out more here.  Because of the sacred texts that guide us and because of our own history of being the targets of discrimination, we have a special obligation to fight for equal treatment for all.