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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is calling on the National Football League to end the practice of asking players their sexual orientation.
In a letter Schneiderman called on the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to enact a non-discrimination policy that is aligned with New York employment discrimination laws.
According to Schneiderman, 20 teams are based in states with non-discrimination policies on the books.
In New York State, we have no tolerance for discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “Employment discrimination is ethically wrong and illegal no matter who the employer is.”
Many NFL player have stood up for the LGBT community, including Minnesota Vikings’ Chris Kluwe and Baltimore Raven’s Brendon Ayandaejo, who recently filed an amicus brief in Hollingsworth v Perry the case before the U.S. Supreme Court to bring marriage equality back to California.