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Solmonese to GOP Contenders: Where Do You Stand on Employment Discrimination?

​Post submitted by Charlie Joughin, HRC Press Secretary

Currently there are no federal employment non-discrimination laws protecting the LGBT community.  It is perfectly legal in 29 states to fire someone because they’re gay and 35 states because they’re transgender.  Yet 78 percent of Americans think anti-gay discrimination is a problem, and 74 percent  think discrimination against transgender people is a problem.  Why then don’t we have laws in place that make this type of workplace discrimination illegal?  The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which currently has 152 co-sponsors in the House, and 40 in the Senate, would do just that –and more.   HRC President Joe Solmonese wants to know what the GOP presidential contenders would do if this bill came to their desk for signature as president.

Tonight, Fox News and Google are hosting a debate and have asked for questions to be submitted on YouTube.  President Obama has stated that he believes workplace decisions should be based solely on merit.  Hopefully tonight we’ll learn how those competing to be his opponent feel.


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