Pennsylvania town weighs antidiscrimination law

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com September 10 2002 11:00 PM ET

The borough of New Hope, Pa., could be the first small town in the state to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, employment, and public accommodations. The borough council is set to vote on a proposed ordinance Tuesday night.

"New Hope is a very progressive town," said Geri Delvich, the councilwoman who researched and wrote the ordinance. "We're the place that would go out on the limb and make such a statement."

Delvich said New Hope, an eclectic mix of antique stores, boutiques, and restaurants located about 30 miles north of Philadelphia, is a popular home for members of the gay community. "This ordinance is about dignity and respect," said Delvich.

Officials from other boroughs and townships, interested in adopting similar ordinances, will also attend the meeting. "I'm proud this community is bold enough to lead by example," said Doug Shaps, the director of OutFront, a Philadelphia-based gay advocacy group.