By Jr. David L. Hudson
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In 1992, Colorado adopted an amendment to its state constitution after several cities passed The Letter of the Law Hawaii Legislature HRS § 378-2 It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice: (1) Because of race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, color, ancestry, disability, marital status, or arrest and court record: (A) For any employer to refuse to hire or employ or to bar or discharge from employment, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual in compensation or in the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment; (B) For any employment agency to fail or refuse to refer for employment, or to classify or otherwise to discriminate against, any individual: (C) For any employer or employment agency to print, circulate, or cause to be printed or circulated any statement, advertisement, or publication or to use any form of application for employment or to make any inquiry in connection with prospective employment, which expresses, directly or indirectly, any limitation, specification, or discrimination; (D) For any labor organization to exclude or expel from its membership any individual or to discriminate in any way against any of its members, employers, or employees; or (E) For any employer or labor organization to refuse to enter into an apprenticeship agreement as defined in section 372-2; provided that no apprentice shall be younger than sixteen years of age; (2) For any employer, labor organization, or employment agency to discharge, expel, or otherwise discriminate against any individual because the individual has opposed any practice forbidden in the past or has filed a complaint, testified, or assisted in any proceeding respecting the discriminatory practices prohibited under this part.
Title VII also prohibits employment discrimination based on sex. Given this history, it should come as no surprise that gays and lesbians have encountered much discrimination on the long hard path to equality. An essential step in this journey must be recognition that it is illegal to discriminate against gays and lesbians in the employment arena. There is a trend toward greater protection of gays and lesbians in the workplace. Traditionally, public and private employees who experienced discrimination because they were gay or lesbian had little or no protection.
CntrPnt1 8/21/04 9:03 AM Page 31 Marriage Is Between a Man and a Woman 31 Remarks Made by President George W. Bush Calling for a Constitutional Amendment to Protect Marriage The Constitution says that full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts and records and judicial proceedings of every other state. Those who want to change the meaning of marriage will claim that this provision requires all states and cities to recognize same-sex marriages performed anywhere in America.
Gay Rights by Jr. David L. Hudson