The story of America is the story of an ever widening circle of opportunity, one where our definition of ‘We The People’ becomes more inclusive. But while marriage equality has swept the country – and as the fight to expand equal rights to every state continues – our nation’s progress on marriage only serves to highlight further the areas where lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people still lack basic legal protections in their workplaces and communities. In the 14 states which have marriage equality but lack basic LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination laws, same-sex couples can now get married but can then still be legally denied a hotel room for their honeymoon or fired from their job for putting a photo of their spouse on their desk. It’s time for Congress to pass a comprehensive bill offering LGBT Americans the same protections from discrimination as everyone else.
The above excerpt was originally published in Newsweek. Click here to view the full article.
The positions of American Progress, and our policy experts, are independent, and the findings and conclusions presented are those of American Progress alone. A full list of supporters is available here. American Progress would like to acknowledge the many generous supporters who make our work possible.
President and CEO of the Center for American Progress
Gov. Ted Strickland
President of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, Counselor to the Center for American Progress