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More gay people can now get legally married. They can still be legally fired.

More gay people can now get legally married. They can still be legally fired.

With the Supreme Court’s refusal earlier Monday to hear a series of cases on same-sex marriage, the movement for LGBT rights in the United States has taken a completely unexpected turn: Gay people can now get legally married in more states than where they are legally protected from job discrimination.  As this map shows, there are now five states — Indiana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Virginia — where gay people can get legally married and where it is perfectly legal for an employer to fire someone for being gay. Read more »

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The Top Five Myths About LGBT Non-Discrimination Laws Debunked

The Top Five Myths About LGBT Non-Discrimination Laws Debunked

Conservatives routinely attack LGBT non-discrimination laws as unnecessary, burdensome and threatening to religious liberty. But in state after state and city after city, their horror stories haven’t come true.

Federal law still doesn’t prohibit discrimination against LGBT people in private employment, housing, or public accommodations, despite widespread public support for such protections. Read more »

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Are Corporations The New LGBT Advocates?

Are Corporations The New LGBT Advocates?

We’re at 19 states and counting when it comes to same-sex marriage, which is great. But most people don’t realize there are still 32 states where you can be fired just for being LGBT.

President Obama’s executive order is only for federal contractors and the proposed national law (ENDA) is flawed and stalled in congress.

The next frontier for LGBT rights is in the workplace with corporations leading the way where state and federal law falls short.

Finding equality in the workplace is an issue many LGBT people struggle with every day. Read more »

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Phoenix's once controversial anti-bias law has little impact

Phoenix's once controversial anti-bias law has little impact

Few Phoenix City Council meetings have matched the drama and vitriol that filled the Orpheum Theatre more than a year ago as leaders approved an anti-discrimination ordinance with broad civil-rights protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents.

At the time, opponents and supporters of the law spoke at length about its potentially sweeping consequences. There were yelling and tears, and the ideological divide grew even wider.

Conservative groups and religious traditionalists raised fears that the measure could lead to a tsunami of lawsuits against small businesses or allow predatory men to enter women's bathrooms under the guise that they are transgender. Read more »

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Poll: Only 13% of Americans know gays do not have federal discrimination protections

A large majority of Americans are currently unaware that gay and lesbian people are not protected against discrimination under the workplace, a poll has found.

YouGov and the Huffington Post conducted a survey which found that a majority of Americans are unaware gays and lesbians are not protected under federal from discrimination.

69% believed it was illegal to fire someone for being gay or lesbian under federal law, 18% were unsure. Just 13% of those surveyed knew gays and lesbians do not have federally protected job security. Read more »

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New Report Documents Unfair Treatment on the Job for LGBT Workers

New Report Documents Unfair Treatment on the Job for LGBT Workers

Despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans support workplace nondiscrimination protections for LGBT individuals, there is no federal law mandating these protections and less than half of states ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

A Broken Bargain: Unchecked Discrimination Against LGBT Workers is a new report which documents the struggles that LGBT workers continue to face on the job. There is still a hiring bias that makes it more difficult for LGBT workers to secure good jobs and they also disproportionately experience unfair firing and on-the-job inequality. Additionally, severe wage disparities and penalties exist making it harder for LGBT workers to provide for themselves and their loved ones. Read more »

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Miss. lawmakers pass religious-practices bill

Miss. lawmakers pass religious-practices bill

 A bill that opponents say would legalize discrimination in Mississippi was approved by the state Legislature on Tuesday and now awaits action by the governor.

The measure, titled the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, was approved 79-43 in the House and 37-14 in the Senate.

It's the third iteration of the bill, which started out similar to an Arizona proposal that was dubbed the "turn away the gays" bill because opponents said it would allow business owners to refuse service to gay couples or interracial couples on religious grounds. The Arizona bill was vetoed by the state's governor in February. Read more »

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National Guard ends holdout on same-sex marriage benefits

National Guard ends holdout on same-sex marriage benefits

Same-sex spouses of National Guardsmen can officially obtain benefits in any state, the Department of Defense announced on Friday, ending a period of resistance among several conservative holdouts.

“All military spouses and families sacrifice on behalf of our country,” said Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in a statement. “They deserve our respect and the benefits they are entitled to under the law.” Read more »

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Federal Officials Protect Transgender Student Against Discrimination

Federal Officials Protect Transgender Student Against Discrimination

WASHINGTON — School districts cannot discriminate against transgender students without violating federal law, Education and Justice department officials stated Wednesday in a settlement agreement resolving a complaint filed on behalf of a transgender student who faced discrimination in middle school.

The agreement is the latest mark of a growing legal and administrative trend to interpret bans on sex discrimination as including discrimination based on gender identity and transgender status, and Wednesday’s settlement applied that definition to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the law that bans sex discrimination in education. Read more »

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Goldman Sachs to Microsoft's Support for Gays Pressures States

Goldman Sachs to Microsoft's Support for Gays Pressures States

Support for gay marriage by companies as varied as Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Starbucks Corp. is gathering steam to change policies in states that bar same-sex couples from tying the knot.

Two U.S. Supreme Court decisions on June 26 heartened supporters of the cause while showing an increased willingness of business to back the effort. In one case, more than 200 companies signed a brief against a federal law that denied benefits to same-sex couples. Five years ago, only a handful had lobbied against California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriages, the target of the high court’s other decision. Read more »

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