Republicans took aim at a broad LGBT rights bill on Tuesday by focusing on a narrow topic: school sports. On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Equality Acta bill that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity like existing civil rights laws do on the basis of characteristics such as race and religion. Though the bill is sweeping — covering areas that range from credit to housing to employment — much of the debate at the hearing centered on athletics.
Civil rights advocates are condemning a proposed Texas law they say opens the door to discrimination against the LGBT community and religious minorities. Advocates fear that barring state agencies that issue occupational licenses from penalizing workers who refuse services based on religious beliefs would essentially give workers a free pass to discriminate in the name of religion. Many state legislatures across the country have implemented legislation to extend protections for LGBT people in the last several years, with bipartisan support, such as in Kansas, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, where governors from both parties signed executive orders pledging protection from workplace discrimination, though this has not come without pushback from conservative party leaders.
The protections would extend to employment, housing, loan applications, education, public accommodations and other areas. The vote waswith every Democrat voting in favor, along with eight Republicans. Cheers and applause broke out on the House floor as the bill crossed the threshold for passage.
One of the great political debates that occupied our Founding Fathers was over the proper balance between democracy and individual rights. They had fought a war against the tyranny of a single monarch, but they were rightly concerned that the tyranny of the majority would do no better when it came to respect for minority rights. Fast forward to today and some see a form of this debate being replayed in two Supreme Court cases dealing with the contentious issue of gay marriage. The Defense of Marriage Act defined marriage at the federal level as between a man and a woman, while the Prop 8 ballot initiative amended the California state Constitution to ban gay marriage.
CNN Lawmakers in Taiwan have approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, a landmark decision that makes the self-ruled island the first place in Asia to pass gay marriage legislation. On May 17th, in TaiwanLoveWon. We took a big step towards true equality, and made Taiwan a better country.
And the odds of Congress changing that in the immediate future are slim. While courts and federal agencies have found some protections for gay and transgender Americans under existing statutes, efforts to pass a law that explicitly makes it illegal to deny them an apartment or fire them from a job have faltered. LGBT rights advocates have been pushing to pass such laws for decades, starting long before their successful fights to legalize same-sex marriage and allow gay people to serve openly in the military.
Yet surveying the various panel discussions left me confused. Gay people were once policed as criminal subversives, depicted in the popular culture as deviants, and pathologized by the medical establishment as mentally ill. Now most of America views homosexuality as benign.
Jump to navigation Skip navigation. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in America face discrimination in their daily lives. While more states every year strive to pass laws to protect their citizens from discrimination and advance LGBTQ equality, we continue to see lawmakers sponsor bills that invoke religion, pre-empt local protections, and target transgender and nonbinary people to allow, and in some cases mandate, discrimination.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT rights in the United States have significantly progressed over time, with the majority of the progress on LGBT rights having taken place in the late 20th century and early 21st century. While the United States is a tolerant country with regards to LGBT rights, they continue to vary by jurisdictionand discrimination in jobs and housing is still legal in most states. The Equality Actwhich is currently proposed in the United States Congresswould outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity nationwide. Since June 26,sexual activity between consenting adults and adolescents of a close age of the same sex has been legal nationwide, pursuant to the U.