—The House unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) to end the criminality of “homosexual” acts in the Pennsylvania Crimes Code.
“This change is long overdue,” Stephens said. “This is a relic from a bygone era when the LGBTQ community faced criminal charges for their love. Yet, even as we reformed our marriage laws, our statutes remained stuck in the past. It’s time to finally change our laws to reflect reality.”
House Bill 2125
removes references to the term “homosexuality” within definitions of prohibited sexual acts in the state’s Crimes Code.
In addition to removing references to “homosexuality,” House Bill 2125 amends the definitions of “sexual activity” and “sexual conduct” by removing surplus language to remove certain ambiguities in the current statute.
“Love should never be illegal,” Stephens said.
The bill is now in the Senate.
Representative Todd Stephens
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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