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April 21, 2009

Federal gay rights legislation: time for a new, more sweeping approach?

Tired of what they see as a too-timid incremental approach by Congress and leading LGBT rights groups, two gay philanthropists are advocating an omnibus federal LGBT rights bill.  According to the Washington Blade,

[T]he proposed omnibus bill goes much further than [the Employment Non-Discrimination Act] by adding sexual orientation and gender identity and protection provisions to more categories in the 1964 Civil Rights Act and other civil rights laws that ENDA’s sponsors in Congress considered too risky to include in ENDA. Among them are protections from discrimination in housing and public accommodations, such as hotels and restaurants, and in the ability to obtain credit.
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The draft Equality & Religious Freedom Act released last week on the eQualityGiving.org web site also includes: language repealing the Defense of Marriage Act; a provision repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell;” a provision incorporating the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act; and a provision incorporating the Uniting American Families Act, which would give the same immigration rights to foreign-born same-sex domestic partners of American citizens that currently are given to heterosexual foreigners married to Americans.

The "Blueprint for LGBT Equality" is available here.

-SS

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