In any case, the proud parents, were congratulating each other Monday night on their baby's conception. Commissioner Larry Holmes, who endured months of fertility treatments...
thanked the gay and lesbian couples, all the people “who stood up and exposed their lives to us, and told us about things they’ve suffered, and asked us to make this a better township for them. ... I appreciate my colleagues’ courage on this vote, but it is the people who spoke tonight who I honor.”I tried to talk these two out of this. But when people are in love with an idea, it's hard for them to see any downside to it.
“I’m so happy,” said Lou Devecchis, the resident who initially requested legislation to protect members of the LGBT community.
The ordinance, though proposed specifically to protect needful gays, will cover the whole panoply of protected classes including "Race, Color, Religious Creed, Ancestry, Age, Sex, National Origin, Handicap Or Disability, Use Of Guide Or Support
Animals Because Of The Blindness, Deafness Or Physical Handicap Of The User Or Because The User Is A Handler Or Trainer Of Support Or Guide Animals, Or Because Of An Identity Or Gender Expression."
No wonder the head of state HRC, Stephen Glassman, recommended the hiring of a full-time staff person at $60,000 a year, when Doylestown considered its own anti-discrimination ordinance (It failed). Protecting people from perceived discrimination can be a time-consuming and expensive business. (Glassman claims the PHRC is sadly underfunded.) Of course, if the law is being passed as a symbolic gesture with no intent of real enforcement, well then that's a different story.
One group it will not cover is people who suffer from pedophilia (or pediophilia, for that matter). Doing so would be vile, bizarre, warped and ignorant. The commissioners have made that very clear.
No doubt Larry and Lou and the rest will be proud no matter how their spawn turns out. Whether it is a fat, lazy do-nothing or an aggressive little cuss who drives the neighborhood crazy, it will be theirs to feed and care for.