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Philadelphia Mayor Signs into Law Sweeping LGBT-Inclusive Legislation

NutterOn Thursday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (pictured right) signed into law legislation that he hopes will make The City of Brotherly Love "the most LGBT-friendly" city in the world. NBC 10 reports:

Nutter, city and state lawmakers and gay rights advocates said the legislation makes Philadelphia the first city in the U.S. to offer tax credits to companies that extend the same health care coverage to LGBT employees' domestic partners and their children as they provide to heterosexual spouses and their children.

Officials said the legislation also makes Philadelphia the first city to offer businesses tax credits as a way to encourage providing transgender-specific health benefits.

"My goal is for Philadelphia to be one of, if not the most, LGBT-friendly cities in the world and a leader on equality issues," said Nutter, adding that the signing struck a personal note because his friend, the late City Councilman John Anderson, was a gay man and a mentor who inspired him 30 years ago to pursue a life of public service. 

In addition to the business tax incentives, which were backed by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce as well as LGBT advocacy groups, and the gender-neutral restrooms (required in all new or renovated city-owned buildings), the legislation revises Philadelphia's anti-discrimination law to include transgender people, extends decision-making rights to life partners on medical and other issues, and changes city forms and websites to offer options for same-sex couples and transgender people. 

SimsState Rep. Brian Sims (pictured right), Pennsylvania's first openly gay lawmaker, helped draft the law's language. In a statement, Sims applauded the bills passage: "This is a city that is truly respecting all its citizens...It is because of that respect that we are indeed a first-class city and we will continue to shine."

Earlier this month, Sims introduced marriage equality legislation for the Keystone State. Pennsylvania remains the only northeastern state without same-sex marriage.  

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  1. Proud of Brian and all others hard work!

    Posted by: litper | Oct 28, 2013 8:50:39 PM


  2. This is old news - this bill was signed by the Mayor in May, but it's still good progress!

    Posted by: Anonymous | Oct 28, 2013 9:29:39 PM


  3. Yes. For once I'm not ashamed to read an article about Philadelphia. Last year was just murder, murder, murder. That is a huge victory for LGBT people in Philadelphia. I'm not the biggest Nutter fan, but kudos. And I love all that Brian Sims is doing for our people here in the city.

    Posted by: Leonard | Oct 28, 2013 9:42:21 PM


  4. Businesses would be smart to locate facilities in Philly. The Real 'City of Brotherly Love' ... Congrats to the all of the government officials who sponsored this inclusive legislation. EQUAL RIGHTS for ALL !!!!

    Posted by: Patrick | Oct 28, 2013 10:01:51 PM


  5. Thank goodness that bigot, John Street, isn't still mayor.

    Posted by: skepticalcicada | Oct 28, 2013 10:49:43 PM


  6. teeheee...nutter

    Posted by: Stephen | Oct 28, 2013 10:59:46 PM


  7. We're very happy with our law in the City of Brotherly Love, but this story is from May.

    Posted by: David | Oct 28, 2013 11:29:43 PM


  8. Nice to read some good news about Philadelphia. Also impressed that there seems to be popular consensus around the new law. Congratulations to the folks who live there.

    Posted by: Joe in Ct | Oct 28, 2013 11:44:28 PM


  9. I like Nutter. Hope he goes into national politics at some point.

    Posted by: AdamK | Oct 29, 2013 12:57:02 AM


  10. @ "Thank goodness that bigot, John Street, isn't still mayor."

    John Street was a bigot? Against whom? He appointed a Gay man as Director of Minority Business Enterprises (which angered some Black business leaders in Philly). That Gay man's name was Michael P Williams. He hired a liason between the Mayor's Office and Gay Philadelphias (Michael Hinson).

    John Street was bigot? What are you?

    In the last mayoral election in Philadelphia the turnout was very very low. I voted for candidates in the lower ballot. I refused to vote for Michael Nutter. I WOULD vote for a Bill DeBlasio--if we Philadelphians had one.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 29, 2013 10:22:33 AM


  11. Yes ... old news ... signed by the Mayor on 08 May 2013 but it doesn't hurt to promote such change. See: https://phila.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1323523&GUID=1A208E09-EA46-4856-A4FB-7FF9687E5094&Options=ID|Text|&Search=130224
    David Allan, GayLawNet

    Posted by: David Allan | Oct 29, 2013 7:20:30 PM


  12. Ah, you guys should know the news, not only "report"on it. This story happened 5 months ago and was widely reported on in both mainstream and LGBT media. Here's our story from 5 months ago.

    http://epgn.com/view/full_story/22526083/article-Mayor-signs-landmark-LGBT-equality-bill?

    Posted by: mark segal | Oct 29, 2013 7:21:32 PM


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