A new poll finds that a majority of Americans believe workplace discrimination against homosexuals should be banned. According to the poll, 52 percent of Americans would support a law prohibiting employment discrimination against homosexuals compared with 35 percent who would oppose such a law. Republican were more apt to oppose such a ban while Democrats and Independents were more likely to support a law banning workplace discrimination against homosexuals. Younger Americans were more likely to favor such a prohibition.
Americans also favor legislation that would ban housing discrimination against homosexuals. Gay and lesbian couples routinely suffer discrimination when seeking rental housing, according to a recent study. Current laws offer no protection against this type of discrimination.
Workplace discrimination has long been battled in federal courtrooms. Current laws protect employees against discrimination based on race, disability, national origin, age or gender. Laws prohibiting discrimination against employees for these reasons have been in place for a long time. However, as the debate over homosexual rights rages, gay and lesbian workers continue to face discrimination based on their sexual orientation.
Source: Huffington Post, "Workplace Discrimination Poll Finds Most Favor Law Protecting Gays, Lesbians", Emily Swanson, June 29, 2013