Just wondering... This is ALL about a sexual fetish... I like women and a Vibrator up my ass occasionally when having sex with her yet I'm not putting bumper stickers on my car about it! Then again if I can get a tax break OK!
I believe LGBT people should be able to work wherever and enjoy their lives however they want.
You began your article with a bit of a strawman. I don't think hardly anyone is going to let go of an otherwise good employee simply because they are gay. Do you realize how hard it is to find people that will even show up?
A more realistic scenario is the firing of a below average employee that happens to be gay. Then, former employee assumes discrimination and sues. In the end, the lawyers are the winners.
ENDA doesn't go far enough. My solution is the only way for the government to make sure people are safe and treated fairly!
Welcome to the new world!
Ye Ole Heterosexual is on the way out of the closet!
Make way for boy boy girl girl or get out of the way - any other opinion is just viewed as bigotry from breeders!
Now where did I out my passport.... Looks around can't find common sense
Matthew O'Leary: that is actually how it happened in New York. An off-Broadway acting troupe fired a guy for "not fitting in", which upon further discussion turned out to mean that he wasn't gay, unlike the others. He sued, but the judge ruled that, since there was no law in New York against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, there was no cause of action. The legislature promptly rectified that.
The ridiculous idea that a non-government employer should have the right to employ any one they choose is incomprehensible. After Uncle Sam tells them who works for them, then he should tell them what business they should be in.
Since Cid95 sees ENDA as a bad idea, yet another layer of grease on an already slippery slope, I have to ask him: is federal protection against employment discrimination based on ethnicity or gender also a fundamental wrong? How so?
One argument I've heard against extending employment protection to include matters of sexual orientation is that there will be a flood of bias lawsuits. However, states that have these protections in place see them as a small percentage of overall employment discrimination claims. Can that data be used to sway opinion? Or is the "think of the businesses" defense just a cover for "gays are yucky and I don't want to hear Marc from accounting dish about his life partner?"
Honestly, I wonder if the fastest way for ENDA to be passed would be for some gay bosses to fire employees for being heterosexual. I know the outcry would be way more vocal, though things like irony seem lost on most bigots.
The government should just lock us all in padded rooms and feed us Soylent Green in order to protect us and assure us of equitable treatment and safety. It's the only way.
"The truth is we should be absolutely honest about our nation's history, and we should never whitewash it for the masses, no matter how good it makes us feel." etc . So when do you begin? And when do you start calling out your other likeminded peers?
Pretty good post, Mat, but you debunk a meme that really doesn't seem to have very deep roots in recent decades. I remember from my own fifth grade (c. 1950) experience, while preparing for our Thanksgiving plays, some smartass kid saying, sotto voce so as not to upset the teacher, "Great, if you wasn't an Indian", which was not an unusual feeling for most of us to have. The myth of "good" Pilgrim was already eroding. The First Thanksgiving story has been well debunked by writers such as James Loewen many years ago.
On the other hand, there seems social value in those old stories that tell not how it WAS, but how it OUGHT to have been. Or maybe not. A well balanced essay on the question appears in the latest issue of In These Times by John Eicher (of whom I had never heard).
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