Sunday, June 28, 2015

Housing and job discrimination protections at federal level will be uphill fight

Erik Eckholm has a front page story Sunday morning in the New York Times, “Next up for gay rights: Jobs in bias and housing”, link here
The article gives some stories of bias, especially in the rural south, as a lesbian couple was unable to get an apartment in Tennessee.  In the early 1990s, there was a horrific case, DeMuth v Miller, where an accountant was fired for being gay in Pennsylvania and then the accountant was sued when he went started his own business and took business away (and the employer won).  Cracker Barrel Restaurant (the greeting sign on I-95 driving north and approaching Fredericksburg, VA) fired people for “being gay” in the early 90s and was reported on ABC 20-20;  it was hosted in Lebanon, TN.
A GOP Congress might seem less likely to pass an ENDA, but some Republican Congressman are claiming they are trying to figure out a balance between religion and personal lifestyle in the workplace.
And transgender protections don't always follow sexual orientation protections. 
GLIL (Gays and Lesbians for Individual Liberty) actually offered an awkward press release in 1996 opposing ENDA-type laws based on libertarian theories.  And Harry Browne was from Tennessee!
CNN reports that a couple in Louisiana is having trouble getting a marriage license because of the words “bride” and “groom” on the form. 


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