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February 20, 2012

Sexual-orientation discrimination

Filed under: Issues,Law/justice,Politics — Mike Kueber @ 6:05 pm
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An op-ed piece in the NY Times recently recommended that President Obama should take the lead in prohibiting sexual-orientation discrimination by federal contractors.  The piece, which was titled “What Obama Should Do About Workplace Discrimination,” describes extensive precedent for the executive branch taking the lead in implementing socially progressive reforms, like outlawing racial and gender discrimination, before the Congress gets the popular support necessary to implement the reform countrywide.  The op-ed piece also notes that, because of persuasive evidence from the private sector that the elimination of gender discrimination is good for business productivity, an executive order would be win-win reform that would benefit not only the victims of discrimination, but also government effectiveness. 

The problem is that a significant minority of religious people in America sincerely believe that homosexuality is a sin, and they want to avoid practitioners as much as possible.  The question is whether that prejudice should be countenanced by the federal government in its dealings. 

I think the Times piece has it just right.  America isn’t ready to force acceptance of homosexuality down the throat of its citizens with sincere religious anti-homosexuality beliefs.  But it is ready to require that sort of tolerance from federal contractors.


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