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Lanea Pearson celebrates Thursday night after the Carlisle Borough approved a non-discrimination ordinance.
Mid-state residents show support for the non-discrimination ordinance Thursday at Carlisle Borough Hall.
Mid-state residents show support for the non-discrimination ordinance at Carlisle Borough Hall Thursday.
A resident shows support for the non-discrimination ordinance.
Carlisle Mayor Tim Scott discuss the non-discrimination ordinance.
People listen as a resident voices an opinion on the non-discrimination ordinance.
The council chambers were filled Thursday night for the vote on the non-discrimination ordinance.
Borough Council member Sean Crampsie proposed the non-discrimination ordinance in Carlisle.
Residents showed support for the non-discrimination ordinance during the borough council meeting.
People show support for the non-discrimination ordinance.
Residents filled Carlisle Borough Hall on Dec. 8 for the council's vote on a proposed non-discrimination ordinance.
A woman shows support for the non-discrimination ordinance Thursday.
Matt Fahnestock shows support for the non-discrimination ordinance.
Cindy Good reacts Thursday as the Carlisle Borough Council discusses the Human Relations Ordinance.
People filled Carlisle Borough Hall Thursday night for the vote on the Human Relations Ordinance.
The Carlisle Borough Council approved the controversial Human Relations Ordinance 5-2 Thursday night in a packed council chamber.
Council members Perry Heath and Connie Bires voted against the ordinance.
The ordinance, which has been debated for six months, is intended to foster equality and equal opportunity with a volunteer human relations commission, a complaint procedure and a mediation process.
It makes it unlawful for anyone to engage in discrimination related to employment, housing and commercial property or any public accommodation where it is not currently prohibited by other state or federal laws.
Pennsylvania's Human Relations Act — which the ordinance largely mirrors — currently provides these protections, including protection from discrimination at public accommodations, to all of these classes of people except sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
Carlisle's proposed ordinance would expand protection to those three groups.
The ordinance defines “public accommodation” as the ability of an individual to access food, beverages, lodging, resort or amusement “which is open to, accepts or solicits the patronage of the general public.” It does not apply to accommodations that are, by nature, “distinctly private."