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Gay group: 'Santorum has signed gay protections'

by PageOneQ

After a meeting with a Pennsylvania-based activist Adrian Shanker, US Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) has signed onto a letter affirming that his office does not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, PageOneQ has learned. Santorum is the 170th member of Congress to sign the statement.

In a statement issued by GenderPAC, the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition, executive director Riki Wilchins said, "We welcome Sen. Santorum's signature affirming the need for basic equality in his own hiring practices. It puts him in good company with 169 other Members of Congress who have signed this statement."

Shanker, who is enrolled in Muhlenberg College in Alletown, met with Santorum as part of GenderYOUTH, a network of more than 200 activists around the nation. GenderYOUTH is a program of GenderPAC.

"I was surprised, but pleased, by the Senator's signature," Shanker said in the statement, "As a Pennsylvania voter committed to youth advocacy and equality, I hope that my other senator will do likewise." Shanker was referring to Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA)


Originally published on Thursday August 3, 2006.

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