John Morgan: Equal rights

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To the editor:

In 29 states, it’s legal to fire otherwise-qualified employees because they are lesbian, gay or bisexual.

In 38 states, it’s legal to fire otherwise-qualified employees because they are transgender.

Current federal law protects workers against discrimination based on their race, gender, religion, national origin and disability, but not based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

People should not be fired because of their sexual orientation, and homosexuals are not given “special rights” by being protected from this discrimination — they are given equal rights.

This country was founded upon the principle of equal opportunity. Our government must continue to uphold this value for all Americans, whether they’re black, Christian, disabled, gay or transgender.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act gives these workers the same rights and protections as their colleagues.

It ensures that employees are judged for their performance, not for who they are. It’s important that people in our community know the facts, so we can work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.

John Morgan

Gillette, Wyo.

Comments

hondojim 5 years, 1 month ago

Are you some kind of an Idiot? Congress just passed a law to that effect. Whats that about engaging the brain before opening the mouth?

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westslopeguy 5 years, 1 month ago

November 5,: The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will hear testimony today from an Obama administration official on S. 1584, a bill that would finally end workplace discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. There is similar legislation pending in the House, which held a hearing in September. This will be the first hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in the Senate in 2009 and the first Senate hearing on legislation of its kind since 2002.

What were you saying about engaging the brain before opening the mouth, hondojim?

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