Can a state restrict its municipalities from enacting civil-rights laws?

Can a state restrict its municipalities from enacting civil-rights laws?

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Erica Haydel
loan processor | Northeast Philadelphia
“No, not unless the state will include everyone in its antidis-crimination laws. The world is changing. People have different lifestyles that should be respected. It’s 2011 — get with the times. Discrimination isn’t cool. I’m pro-everybody.”

Marissa Luft
nurse | Washington Square West
“No. That sounds outrageous. If the local communities want to have laws that protect everybody, they should be able to do that without state interference. If the state won’t protect people’s rights, then the local communities should be able to.”

Madeleine Mackell
nursing student | Fishtown
“No. That would be going in the wrong direction. In this day and age, we should be adding more protections, not taking them away. If something like that happened in Pennsylvania, I’d be shocked and horrified.”

Olivia Robinson
college student | Northeast Philadelphia
“No. I’m sensitive to equal rights. It’s an issue that comes up a lot at my school. Just because I’m straight, that doesn’t mean I want to see gay people discriminated against. The bottom line is, we all need equal rights.”


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