Stand Up for Employment Protections for LGBT Workers
While much attention has been focused on the Supreme Court’s consideration of California's Proposition 8 and the federal Defense Against Marriage Act, the struggle for LGBT rights extends beyond the right to marry. Nearly every year since 1994, Congress has introduced but failed to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit discrimination in hiring, compensation, promotion or firing on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Currently, 29 states do not prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and 34 states do not protect transgender workers.
Just as everyone should have the right to marry, no one should have to fear losing a job because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Contact your representative and tell them it's time to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Alexander Sanchez waves a rainbow colored flag to a large crowd of same-sex marriage supporters (AP Photo/Darryl Bush)