“Pennsylvania’s Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order Monday creating the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, a body dedicated to promoting homosexual and transgender interests in a wide variety of ways…
The commission will give the governor advice and recommendations on LGBT-related policy questions, work with state agencies to ‘strengthen the enforcement of the Commonwealth’s antidiscriminatory hiring, retention and promotion policies,’ and liaise with federal, state, and local governments to ensure LGBT-related programs ‘are effectively utilized and promoted.’
The body will also help community organizations develop programs and other ways to ‘expand and enhance the civic, social, educational, cultural and economic status of LGBTQ individuals and communities;’ identify resources such as scholarships and mentoring programs to benefit ‘LGBTQ individuals and communities;’ and promote the ‘cultural arts of LGBTQ communities throughout the Commonwealth.’
While pro-homosexual activists are celebrating the news, pro-family advocates are much more wary.
On Tuesday, the American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA) responded to the announcement by warning that the commission would ‘specifically target those with deeply held religious beliefs that homosexuality and transgenderism are wrong,’ and effectively make the 40 commissioners into ‘lobbyists pushing their agenda in the halls of the Capitol and pressuring our elected officials to ‘toe’ the line when it comes to LGBT issues.’ The group further noted that while the commissioners are unpaid, they will be reimbursed for travel. ‘How much will this cost PA taxpayers?’ they asked.
‘This effort again shows Governor Wolf’s misunderstanding of what the average Pennsylvanian wants,’ AFA of PA president Diane Gramley said. ‘He obviously thinks normalizing homosexuality and allowing men in women’s bathrooms is at the top of the list. Pennsylvanians are a fair-minded people, but they do not want this agenda pushed on them and that is the exact purpose of this commission.’
While the new commission may currently be the only one of its exact kind in the United States, other bodies in both Pennsylvania and other states have served similar functions…
First elected in 2014, Wolf is a left-wing governor who has also aggressively promoted abortion since his days as a Planned Parenthood volunteer. In office, he has vetoed legislation that would have banned late-term and dismemberment abortions, promised to veto legislation banning abortions that target Down syndrome children and abortions on babies with detectable heartbeats, and praised a Planned Parenthood facility, Keystone-Warminster, which has repeatedly failed state health inspections.”