Shippensburg Borough in Franklin and Cumberland counties will be voting on a so-called non-discrimination ordinance on Sept. 1, but how many of the residents of the borough know this? How many of the residents of the borough know the full ramifications of the proposed ordinance? During the July 21 meeting, the borough voted to advertise the non-discrimination ordinance, but how well is the borough advertising the proposed ordinance? These questions are being raised by the American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), a statewide advocacy group which contacted the borough back in February about concerns over such an ordinance – concerns which have not been addressed.
The ordinance is not necessary, nor have the residents of Shippensburg been properly advised as to the ramifications of such an ordinance. The agenda for July 21 did not mention discussion of a non-discrimination ordinance as an agenda item, but simply noted ‘Discussion on Local Relations Commission’ as item #6. The weekly newspaper, The Shippensburg News-Chronicle, had a July 30 article about the vote to advertise the ordinance and the upcoming final vote on Sept. 1. But how can residents easily and conveniently read the entire ordinance? There are major concerns not only over the ordinance itself, but the apparent lack of transparency on the part of council.