It is remarkable how little progress gay people have made in securing the basic protection against discrimination on the job. In 29 states, it is still legal to fire workers for being gay. But momentum is building in Congress for the first federal law banning such discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
Federal law has lagged behind the reality of American life. There are now openly gay members of Congress from between-the-coasts states like Colorado and Wisconsin. And according to the Human Rights Campaign, a gay-rights advocacy group, 85 percent of Fortune 500 companies have policies protecting gay employees from discrimination.
From personal experience, even if an institution has a non-discrimination bill, it means nothing unless the state and/or federal government have the power to reinforce non-discrimination against LGBTQ people.
And what is holding up such a bill in the federal government?
But gay rights advocates have for years faced opposition to a federal civil rights law from the religious right, and from parts of the business community, who argue that it would lead to a flood of litigation.
LGBTQ people need to be protected in the workplace. Being fired for being gay is an injustice.
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It is time to change.