Chambersburg adds protection to LGBTQ+ under anti-discrimination law

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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The LGBTQ+ community in Chambersburg is now living under anti-discrimination protections.

The state has an anti-discrimination law, but it doesn’t include sexual and gender minorities. Chambersburg’s borough council approved its own protections, then, Mayor Walter Bietsch vetoed it, but the council overrode that veto in a 7-3 decision. Three counties and about 70 other municipalities have created their own anti-discrimination protections.

“Our community, like many communities throughout the state, has changed. We have quite a few people in our community who asked for these protections. I think passing the ordinances in Shippensburg and Gettysburg furthered that conversation along,” Council President, Alice Elia said.

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Councilman Allen Coffman, who opposed the ordinance, said he’s against discrimination but thinks disputes should be settled through the court system.

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