In Most States, It’s Legal To Fire Someone For Being Gay

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I belatedly came across Daniel Schwartz’s blog post reminding us that while marriage laws are rapidly changing in the U.S. to provide legal protections to same-gender couples, in more than half of states, firing someone or refusing to hire them because you perceive him or her to be gay is perfectly legal. (From Maryland to Maine, and from California to Washington State, there are anti-discrimination laws that protect gay people. There are also a handful of states in the Midwest and West, not on the West Coast, which have passed anti-discrimination laws.)

For 19 years, Congress has considered, but has not passed, a federal Employment Non Discrimination Act, or ENDA. Schwartz asked Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., what its chances are for passage. He is not hopeful. Video available at the link.



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