Court Ruling Paves Way for Men to Wear Dresses to Work, Group Says

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:05 PM EDT

( - A Pennsylvania court on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of an Allentown human relations ordinance adding "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to other protected classes of people.

But one family group said the ruling paves the way for men to wear dresses to work and to shower with female coworkers.

The ruling comes as a new poll ranking the most liberal and conservative cities listed Allentown number 12, making it the only Pennsylvania city to make the Top 25 conservative list.

The American Family Association of Pennsylvania said the ruling does not reflect the wishes of the majority of the citizens and is yet another example of judicial activism, because state law does not extend special protection to homosexuals.

"Gone unreported in media stories today are the acts of intimidation and harassment on the part of homosexual activists as concerned citizens in Allentown attempted to circulate and/or sign petitions the summer of 2002 after the City Council effectively pushed the ordinance changes through in April of that year," AFA of PA President Diane Gramley said.

Gramley said the citizens wanted a referendum on the matter to go before voters.

"These concerned citizens simply wanted an opportunity to place the matter before all the voters in Allentown to see if the city council-approved language was what the people really wanted.

"Homosexual activists knew that if the people had a chance to vote the ordinance changes would be removed. I believe the majority of Allentown citizens still oppose the ordinance" said Gramley.

The AFA of PA noted that even openly homosexual Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) "opposes adding 'transgender' or 'gender identity' to the proposed federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act because he knows that by so doing radical transgender activists will demand that men who think they are women be permitted to use the women's restroom and shower facilities in the workplace."

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