Some state lawmakers are attempting a new tactic in their pursuit of the dangerous “Fairness Act” (SB 613 & HB 1410), claiming that its implementation is necessary for economic growth. Along with adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as special statuses under state law dealing with public accommodation, employment and housing, SB 613 and HB 1410 would also add the following statement:
“[T]he absence of nondiscrimination protections hinders efforts to recruit and retain the diversity of talented individuals and successful enterprises required for a thriving economy and strong public sector on which the inhabitants of this Commonwealth depend.”
Facts & Sources:
Numerous studies suggest that states without these classifications actually have greater economic growth, while many states that have added these classifications to their laws have weaker economies and lower job growth.
- While this does not mean that states with these types of laws always experience low economic growth, it does indicate that these classifications aren’t essential to economic growth. Notably, the majority of states and the federal government do not include sexual orientation and gender identity in public accommodation, employment and housing nondiscrimination laws.
Use PA Family Council’s Citizen Action Center to tell your State Senator & State Representative to oppose Senate Bill 613 & House Bill 1410: Click here to take action.