Plymouth Township to adopt anti-discrimination ordinance

The ordinance will add discrimination protections for sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in addition to existing protections for race, religious creed, ancestry, gender, national origin and handicap or disability. (Photo of the Plymouth Meetinghouse courtesy of

Plymouth Township may become one of nearly four dozen municipalities in Pennsylvania to adopt an anti-discrimination ordinance aimed at providing equality and equal protection under the law for the LGBT community.

The governing body voted unanimously to introduce the Plymouth Township Human Relations Ordinance earlier this year. The Township Council will consider adopting the measure atthe next meeting, writes Theresa Katalinas, for The Times Herald.

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Monday’s adoption would make Plymouth Township the 46th municipality in Pennsylvania to finalize an anti-discrimination ordinance. Locally, Jenkintown, Abington, Ambler, East Norriton, Cheltenham, Phoenixville, Springfield, Lower Merion and Philadelphia, among others, have adopted anti-discrimination ordinances. Plymouth Township’s would be “neither broader nor narrower than anybody else,” she said.

Once the ordinance is adopted, the Council can take suggestions from the public and ultimately appoint volunteers to serve on the Human Relations Commission. Bramblett said she does not expect that the commission will hear many complaints. And, if complaints do materialize, she anticipates that by talking “neighbor to neighbor” misunderstandings can get cleared up easily.

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