WILKES-BARRE -- Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order that bans discrimination against state workers and contractors who are LGBT.
The governor says Pennsylvania needs to be seen as a welcoming place, but civil rights advocates say even more needs to be done to protect LGBT people in Pennsylvania.
Governor Wolf signed this executive order in Harrisburg with a smile. The order protects lesbian, gay, and transgender people who work for the state or for businesses that contract with the state.
"It's great to see Governor Wolf reaffirming his commitment to equality in Pennsylvania," said John Dawe, Equality Pennsylvania.
Wolf's order comes after he believes other nondiscrimination state bills have languished. But LGBT workers who are employed in the private sector and local government in Pennsylvania can still face legal discrimination.
"When people come in and they're clearly being discriminated based on their sexual orientation or their gender identity, we have to tell them there's not a whole lot we can do," said attorney Joseph Borland.
Borland is an attorney at Borland and Borland in Wilkes-Barre. Borland also points out the Commonwealth was a leader in passing nondiscrimination protections for other minorities.
"They were the first state to have protections for race and gender and now we're so far behind the country when it comes to this issue."
In our area, Pittston and Scranton both have similar local ordinances, but most places do not.