When times change in America, it is up to the federal government, as well as the legislatures of the individual states, to enact laws which reflect the current norms of society. In that respect, it would be hard for our Colorado readers to have missed the fact that several states in the country have now in some way legalized same-sex marriage, including most recently in Maine and Maryland. However, what these votes may show is a larger shift among the American population toward moving away from some of the many forms of discrimination which may have occurred in the past, and more toward an open society which is accepting of everyone, no matter what their personality or preferences are.
To that end, a Colorado Congressman, who will soon be the most senior openly gay member of the United States House of Representatives, plans to be the main proponent and sponsor of a piece of federal legislation which is intended, in part, to end employment discrimination against individuals based on their sexual orientation.
The proposed legislation, known as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, was previously pushed by Barney Frank, another openly gay member of Congress. However, Frank retired after his latest term, and it appears that now this Colorado Congressman will take up the cause.
There are already laws on the books, both state and federal, which prohibit many types of employment discrimination. The laws prohibit discrimination against employees and potential employees based on race, gende r, religion, national origin and disabilities. However, the push to make discrimination based on sexual orientation illegal is one that many believe is the next step in ensuring that no employee, under any circumstances, has to face an employer who engages in discriminatory practices.
Source: Washington Blade, "Polis pledges to take the lead on ENDA," Chris Johnson, Nov. 14, 2012