Is passage of statewide LGBT civil rights more likely with Brian Sims’ victory?

Is passage of statewide LGBT civil rights more likely with Brian Sims’ victory?

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Peggy Johnson
nursing student | Brooklyn, N.Y.
“No. Unfor-tunately, people aren’t ready for that type of change. This isn’t New York. His victory is a beautiful thing. He gets big-time credit for the achievement. But everyone isn’t as open and embracing as one would like. It’s sad.”

Brent Knobloch
barrista | South Philadelphia
“No. It’s still tough because so much of the state is so conservative. His victory is symbolic, but not practical. He’ll be criticized for trying to push a personal agenda, so I’m not very optimistic.”

James Reiman
iron worker | Kensington
“Yes. It definitely helps. Now there will be someone in the legislature who can explain [the need for] gay rights by relating it to his personal experience. I think he may get some backlash. There’s always that possibility. But overall, I think his presence will bring enough support to pass the law.”

Jessica White
student | Fox Chase
“Yes. Obviously he’ll want to change everybody’s opinion. He’ll work hard at it, because he’s gay. I think it will be his top priority. He won’t let it go. Eventually they’ll have to pass the law. He’ll keep pushing it until they do.”


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