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Gay rights advocates turn attention to workplace discrimination

Although the Supreme Court has yet to decide whether or not same-sex marriage is protected by the constitution, that hasn't stopped gay rights groups from expecting a victory. Meanwhile, as they await the official court ruling sometime later this month, they are already looking ahead for their next big fight -- getting laws passed on the federal level to ensure protection in the workplace against discrimination of gays and transgenders.

While California already has a state law in place that explicitly bans discrimination due to sexual orientation and gender identity, gay rights groups such as Freedom For All Americans are planning to soon push for federal protection at a national level. This protection would include 28 states that currently do not have any type of statues in place and would explicitly ban the discrimination of gays and transgenders in the workplace nationwide.

Regardless of the expected Supreme Court victory, the new campaign is expected to be an uphill fight for both gay rights advocates and social conservatives. On the conservative side, the right to free speech and religious liberties for employers who object to homosexuality and same-sex marriage on grounds that it is immoral. On the advocate side, a counter-argument that once same-sex marriages are legal, it could lead to those same brides and grooms getting fired from their jobs.

Individuals who believe they are victims of discrimination in the workplace may have valuable legal rights. They could potentially benefit from discussing their case with an experienced attorney or by learning more about how their legal rights may affect their case.

Source: The Washington Post, "Ending discrimination in workplace, other areas is next gay rights battle," Sandhya Somashekhar, June 05, 2015

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