Monday, April 19
by Sue on Mon 19 Apr 2010 04:44 PM EDT
Frankel applauds Obama's directive for equal hospital access
for same-sex partners, commends Pa. sponsors of non-discrimination bill
HARRISBURG, April 19 ? State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, applauded President Obama's recent directive to provide same-sex partners access to their loved ones in nearly all U.S. hospitals.
At Obama's direction, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will issue regulations binding on all hospitals that participate in Medicare or Medicaid. The new policy will give same-sex partners the same visitation rights that blood relatives enjoy.
Frankel said, "This is something for which I have long advocated at the state level and I commend President Obama for using his authority to provide this protection nationwide. One of the reasons I have long opposed tacking a discriminatory 'marriage amendment' onto the state or federal Constitution is that such an amendment could deny many Americans access to their loved ones at critical times in their lives.
"I am also pleased that the federal government appears to be moving forward on another way to guarantee equal treatment for LGBT Americans ? the U.S. House is expected to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the near future. I commend Senators Specter and Casey for co-sponsoring the Senate version, and Congressman Doyle and the other seven Pennsylvania members who are co-sponsoring it in the U.S. House. The federal legislation is similar to House Bill 300, which I have introduced in Harrisburg."
Thursday, April 1
by Sue on Thu 01 Apr 2010 09:41 PM EDT
From the Philly Gay News ...
Representative Cohen is also the primary sponsor of HB 1393, the Medical Marijuana Bill.
Interesting turn of events. Marriage amendment quashed. Marriage legislation alive in PA Senate. I wasn't anticipating this and, frankly, it worries me. While I certainly want progress on multiple equality issues, I worry that this dilutes resources we need to pass HB 300. Cohen is a cosponsor of that legislation as well.