Philadelphia is set to sign into law a new ordinance that will deliver benefits and offer protections for LGBT people in the Eastern United States city.
The ceremony was scheduled to take place later on Thursday.
Last week, the city council passed the bill that analysts and observers say is the “the most comprehensive” legislation for LGBT rights in the country.
According to the bill, LGBT employees will now receive family health benefits and their companies will receive credit incentives for hiring LGBT persons.
Mayor Michael Nutter is expected to sign the bill into law and the bill’s sponsor James Kenney said in a statement that it makes Philafephila the first city to allow business tax credits for offering transgender-specific health benefits, reported AP.
Introduced by Councilman Kenney, the bill passed with 14 votes to three.
Kenney said: ”The spirit of the bill acknowledges people’s humanity, acknowledges their citizenship and their full rights to participate in everything the law has to offer everyone else.”
It also ensures equal treatment and rights for anyone in the city and sexual orientation cannot be a discriminating factor.