In a HUGE win coming blindly from left field. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that existing civil rights law bars sexual orientation-based employment discrimination.
The independent commission addressed the question of whether the ban on sex discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars anti-LGB discrimination in a complaint brought by a Florida-based air traffic control specialist against Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx.
The ruling — approved by a 3-2 vote of the five-person commission — applies to federal employees’ claims directly, but it also applies to the entire EEOC, which includes its offices across the nation that take and investigate claims of discrimination in private employment. While only the Supreme Court could issue a definitive ruling on the interpretation, EEOC decisions are given significant deference by federal courts.
Lambda Legal reacts:
“This landmark opinion from the EEOC confirms what we have long argued in our cases: discriminating against gay, lesbian and bisexual employees violates federal law. This ruling is likely to have enormous positive effects because EEOC interpretations of Title VII are highly persuasive to the courts—they tend to be predictive. Given the clarity and logic of this opinion, most courts are likely to stop simply referring to old, illogical rulings about Title VII coverage. A few may disagree, but most probably will be guided by the Commission’s straightforward approach,” said Greg Nevins, Counsel and Employment Fairness Strategist for Lambda Legal. Lambda Legal has been working for years on cases showing why Title VII, when properly understood, protects LGBT employees. This EEOC decision cites some of Lambda Legal’s recent work on this issue and it will be immensely significant in this continuing work.
While EEOC rulings are not binding in federal courts,they are persuasive. And expect this decision to end up before the Supreme Court in the future.
And so the next great LGBT battle begins.
Despite months of intense public debate, religious bigots public prayer against it, and City Councilwoman Elisa Chan’s now infamous statements in which she called LGBT people “disgusting”. San Antonio, Texas has passed an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance in a vote of 8-3. (Guess how Chan voted?)
More than 700 people registered to speak Wednesday during a marathon session of citizen testimony that stretched past midnight. Just a few hours later, 100 people signed up Thursday morning to get in a final word before the vote
Opponents went on to say the ordinance would stifle religious expression and does not have the support of most of the city’s residents.
“The problem I have is that you criminalize us if we speak our faith,” said Marc Longoria, a pastor at My Father’s House Church. “We are Christians all the time. We don’t have an on and off switch.” with some even resorting to using the anti-gay religious rights meme that LGBT rights are not civil rights.
“My parents and my grandparents rode the back of the bus,” said Sylvia Villarreal, who urged the council to vote no. “And I say shame on them for comparing this to civil rights.”
But after all the lies and gnashing of teeth from opponents were said and done San Antonio, Texas will now join nearly 180 other U.S. cities that have nondiscrimination ordinances that prohibit bias based on sexual orientation or gender identity
“The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity. By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others.” – Justice Kennedy
Well the debate is finally over. The Supreme Court has STRUCK DOWN Article 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act rendering DOMA effectively useless and granting same sex couples the same Federal rights and protections as their heterosexual counterparts.
What this means, in plain terms, is that same-sex couples who are legally married in states that allow same sex marriage will be entitled to equal treatment under federal law– with regard to, for example, income taxes and Social Security benefits..
Read the full SCOTUS decision here: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-307_g2bh.pdf
Well after a year of mental breakdowns on Twitter, a disasterous CPAC which resulted in GOProud being disinvinted , pissing Andrew Brietbart off and outing Rick Perry’s stratagist. (probably the ONLY halfway decent thing GOProud has ever done for the LGBT Community) Christoper R Barron is stepping down *cough* pushed out *cough* as Chairman of the Auntie Tom Self Loathingfest known as
Lisa De Pasquale, the former director of Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), will be stepping in as the interim chair of the board of directors, although she says in a release that the day-to-day operations of the organization will be unchanged. She already had been serving on GOProud’s advisory council. According to the release, Barron will remain on the board. Executive director Jimmy LaSalvia tells Metro Weekly that he remains the executive director and will remain a board member…According to the release, the group plans to restructure, including by asking several of its advisory council members to join the board.”
Barron said that he “will continue as the organization’s Chief Strategist and I will remain on the Board as Chairman Emeritus” according to a statement on the press release. Which means he’ll have no power and will continue being the crooked faced talking head on FOX -News
See how evil they are Chrissy? You FINALLY did something right by outing the closeted homo on the Perry campaign team who may not have liked it, but went along with Perry’s heinous anti-gay video and the members of YOUR organization fuck YOU without lube.
You know like Ken Mehlman you can always say you are sorry to the left and go work on a marriage equality initiative and next year OUT magazine will name you one of the TOP 100.
I’m covering all bets that LaSalvia will be gone within 2 months