Monday, August 6, 2012

AJR 43: Federally Sanctioned Non-Discrimination

The Assembly Judiciary Committee heard AJR 43 today.

AJR 43 petitions Congress and the President to add LGBT people to all the federal laws banning discrimination. Thus, all federal laws that ban discrimination against other communities (race, gender, etc), would also ban discrimination against LGBT people.

Currently 16 states, and the District of Columbia ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Five additional states ban sexual orientation discrimination, but not on gender identity discrimination.

Without a federal level decision, it remains up to the states to determine what level of fairness or inclusion they will hold.

Even those who live and work in states with protective laws can be at risk. Many people, who work for national corporations, are frequently transferred from jobs in one state to jobs in other states. If LGBT workers are transferred from states with good protections, to states with no protective civil rights laws, they can be fired, or refused a promotion. In addition they may find it difficult to obtain acceptable housing in their new states of residence.

GCV will keep you posted as this bill makes its way through the process.... If you want to send a letter of support or recommendation you can do so by clicking here.

(Thank you to the California Committees United Institute for the heads up.

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