The law is particularly ambiguous on the rights of sexual minorities and religious institutions. While no federal legislation protects employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation, approximately 90 jurisdictions — covering 20 to 25 percent of the US population — includes sexual orientation in antidiscrimination statutes.
Some fired GLBT (gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender) employees have filed suit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on, among other identities, sex. However, too few religious-oriented cases have been decided to be definitive.
I nearly didn’t post on this because I think the article is a cheap shot at religious organizations. The fact of the matter is, unless your company has specific policies against discrimination due to sexual orientation, or you live in a state with a non-discrimination law, you can be legally fired for being gay at any company — religious or not. They might not tell you it is for being gay, but it can be done.
Now, if our holier than thou Gay Leaders hadn’t wasted the past five years on their fight-for-marriage… we could have gotten an Employee Non-Discrimination Act passed by Congress. It is the one issue that polls highest for us with a large majority of Americans, and has always had the most support in Congress.
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