Gay rights bill clears first hurdle in Senate

Hello! Its been long since I didn’t post anything. actually as i might have mentioned earlier i was busy with some other work i.e. field work in Bangalore (India). And that field work got me into trouble. one govt. official to demonstrate her power over me, called police which dragged me to the police station without any reason. More about this latter, let me first do what i use to do earlier.

 

The Senate pushed a major anti-bias gay rights bill past a first, big hurdle on Monday, a clear sign of Americans’ greater acceptance of homosexuality nearly two decades after the law prohibiting federal recognition of same-sex marriage. The vote of 61-30 essentially ensured that the Senate has the votes to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would prohibit workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. The legislation would be the first significant gay rights legislation since Congress ended the ban on gays serving openly in the military in December 2010. The Supreme Court in June affirmed gay marriage and granted federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples while same-sex marriage is legal in 14 states and the District of Columbia.

Current federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race and national origin. But it doesn’t stop an employer from firing or refusing to hire workers because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. The bill would bar employers with 15 or more workers from using a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity as the basis for making employment decisions, including hiring, firing, compensation or promotion.The bill would exempt religious institutions and the military.

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/gay-rights-bill-clears-first-hurdle-in-senate/article5316485.ece?homepage=true

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