State

  • Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
  • Marriage
    ✔ Legal
  • Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, but requires surgery
  • Adoption
    ✔ Legal
  • Discrimination
    Illegal in some contexts
  • Employment Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
  • Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
  • Military
    ✔ Legal
  • Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
  • Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
  • Conversion Therapy
    Ambiguous

History

Homosexual activity in Pennsylvania

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Current status
(since Jun 26, 2003)
Legal
US Supreme Court ruling issued in Lawrence v. Texas struck down all sodomy laws on the basis of privacy and liberty. The decision overturned any laws remaining in all US states which prohibited acts of sodomy.
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Same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania

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Current status
(since May 20, 2014)
Legal
"U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III, a federal judge appointed by President George W. Bush, ruled in favor of the freedom to marry, striking down Pennsylvania's ban on marriage for same-sex couple[s]."
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Oct 16, 1996–May 19, 2014
Not legal
State Statute defining marriage as between one man and one woman
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Right to change legal gender in Pennsylvania

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Current status
Legal, but requires surgery
requires surgery and public announcement of name change.
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Same-sex adoption in Pennsylvania

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Current status
(since 2002)
Legal
Any individual may petition for single parent or joint adoption. Second-parent adoption is permitted via case law referenced below.
Sources:
www.lambdalegal.org/states-region/pennsylvania
re Adoption of R.B.F., 803 A.2d 1195 (Pa. 2002)23 Pa. C.S.A. 2312
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LGBT discrimination in Pennsylvania

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Feb 2, 2018–Feb 7, 2018
Illegal in some contexts
Complete State protection. as well complete city protections for all areas.
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Current status
Illegal in some contexts
Some cities and counties have Employment non discrimination laws but there is no law on a state level
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LGBT employment discrimination in Pennsylvania

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Dec 26, 2014–Feb 7, 2018
Ambiguous
Have protections through state employment law. As well as complete city protections in Housing and Employment laws.
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Current status
No protections
As of December 16, 2014, there are no legal protections for people who are LGBT in regards to employment. However, public employees of the state are protected based on both sexual orientation as well as gender identities, and domestic partners of public employees are granted benefits.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Pennsylvania

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Aug 3, 2016–Oct 17, 2017
No protections
No
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Current status
No protections
This state does not provide any legal protections from discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identification.

However, the Human Rights Campaign states, "The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires grantees and participants of HUD programs to comply with local and state non-discrimination laws that include sexual orientation and gender identity.
HUD also prohibits inquiries regarding the sexual orientation or gender identity of a prospective tenant or applicant for assisted
housing in every state (March 2012)."
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Homosexuals serving openly in military in Pennsylvania

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Current status
(since Sep 20, 2011)
Legal
Don't Ask, Don't Tell is officially repealed throughout the United States, and gays and lesbians may openly serve.
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Equal age of consent in Pennsylvania

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Current status
Equal
Age of consent laws are equitable regardless of gender or orientation.
Sources:
Pennsylvania § 3122.1
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Blood donations by MSMs in Pennsylvania

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Current status
(since 1983)
Banned (indefinite deferral)
Ban on blood donations from MSMs applies to any man who has had sex, even once, with another man on or after January 1, 1977.
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Conversion therapy in Pennsylvania

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Sep 7, 2016–Sep 30, 2017
Not banned
Only in one city.
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Current status
Ambiguous
Conversion Therapy is currently legal. No law currently bans it, despite organizations such as the American Psychological Association denouncing it. Though it's not actually ambiguous (It is in fact legal), this is the best indicator of the available options.
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