Tuesday, June 30, 2015

LGBT Civil Rights After Marriage

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling last week extending marriage equality throughout the nation for our LGBT community we still must address that more than half of states still allow discrimination against many LGBT Americans in crucial areas of life. Americans living in these states can now be legally married then legally fired from their jobs, thrown out of a restaurant, evicted from their homes, or denied a loan simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Laura E. Durso, Director of Center for American Progress LGBT Research & Communications Project stated, “The Supreme Court’s decision ensures that the freedom to marry applies to all couples, in every state. However, the Court’s decision does not grant protections from discrimination for LGBT workers, customers, students, renters & homebuyers, many of whom still face pervasive, legal discrimination across the country. This is a national problem that requires a national solution, which is why Congress needs to pass a comprehensive nondiscrimination law to fully provide the same ‘equal dignity in the eyes of the law’ that Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote about in the marriage equality decision.” Twenty-eight states lack protections for LGB Americans from discrimination in the areas of housing, employment, education, access to credit & public accommodations. Thirty-one states lack the same protections for transgender Americans. The Center for American Progress has released an updated infographic bringing attention to the problem & calling for Congress to pass comprehensive nondiscrimination legislation that would protect LGBT Americans nationwide.
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