Bills We Are Proud Of
Senator Carolyn T. Comitta is known as a champion of LGBTQ+ equality and rights for the benefit of all communities, individuals and families across Pennsylvania.
As a member of West Chester Borough Council in 2006, she helped lead the effort to make West Chester the first municipality in Chester County to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations.
Later, during her tenure as Mayor of West Chester, Comitta celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges and presided over numerous weddings of loving same-sex couples.
In the state senate, Comitta serves on the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus and continues to be a strong supporter and vocal advocate for legislation to ensure that all LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians are treated with respect, fairness, and equal rights under the law. That includes measures to protect LGBTQ+ students from discrimination, updating our laws to reflect the rights of same-sex couples to marry, and more.
Sen. Comitta’s LGBTQ+ Legislation
SB 558 (Sen. Comitta)
While the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Obergefell v. Hodges made marriage equality the law of the land, outdated laws still remain on the books in Pennsylvania that define marriage only between a man and a woman. It is a disservice to all our fellow Pennsylvanians in loving, same-sex marriages to continue to allow this obsolete section of law to exist. This legislation will remove the prohibition of same sex marriage and affirm Pennsylvania’s commitment to equality for all.
SB 972 (Sen. Comitta and Sen. L. Williams)
Educational Improvement and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credits (EITC & OSTC) provide scholarships that help Pennsylvania children afford a school other than their school district of residence. Unfortunately, LGBTQ+ students are frequently denied support by some private schools that choose to discriminate against them in the admissions process. This is completely unacceptable. That’s why along with Sen. L. Williams I have introduced legislation to protect these students by requiring schools that receive funding through these programs to have a written policy of nondiscrimination.