G Philly blog features story on Sims win for LGBTQ+ couples

G Philly blog features story on Sims win for LGBTQ+ couples
Brian Sims wins important battle for LGBTQ+ couples: Sims succeeds in his attempts to eliminate domestic-partner discrimination in a proposed Pennsylvania tax law
April 23, 2013
Josh Middleton
Philadelphia Magazine, G Philly

Brian K. Sims, special counsel in the firm’s Higher Education Practice and the first openly gay man elected to the Pennsylvania legislature, was featured in an article on Philadelphia Magazine’s G Philly blog on his successful attempt to eliminate domestic partner discrimination in a proposed Pennsylvania tax law. As a result of his efforts, House Bill 468 will not discriminate against domestic partners in the Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate program, which now “allows any executor or administrator of a will to apply for a rebate on behalf of a deceased partner’s estate” — even if that executor or administrator is a same-sex partner.

In a press release, Sims said, ”What we have here is an issue of simple fairness and I’m very pleased that virtually all of my colleagues recognized that purposefully excluding ‘domestic partners’ in this bill would have forced countless Pennsylvanians to lose their homes right after losing their loved ones.”