Thanks to a 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision issued earlier today, same-sex couples across the entire United States of America can now enjoy the same legal right to marry that heterosexual couples have long enjoyed. To put it mildly, this is a huge victory for love and equality in America.
However, in 32 states, some, if not all, LGBT workers, can legally be fired simply because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity:
- In 21 states (Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming), all workers can be fired on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
- In 3 states (Arizona, Missouri, and Montana), state employees cannot be fired on the basis of sexual orientation, but state employees can be fired on the basis of gender identity, and private-sector workers can be fired on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
- In 5 states (Idaho, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio), state employees cannot be fired on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity, but private-sector workers can be fired on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
- In 2 states (New Hampshire and Wisconsin), all workers cannot be fired on the basis of sexual orientation, but all workers can be fired on the basis of gender identity.
- In 1 state (New York), state employees cannot be fired on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and private-sector workers cannot be fired on the basis of sexual orientation, but private-sector workers can be fired on the basis of gender identity.
If the source I linked to above has inaccurate and/or outdated information, please leave a comment on this blog post with accurate information for a particular state.
While it is a huge victory for the LGBT movement to secure marriage equality in all 50 states, the fight for full equality for gays, lesbians, bisexual people, and transgender people is far from over. The next big fight in the LGBT rights movement should be to push for laws prohibiting public and private employers from firing people based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
I find it highly outrageous that 47 members of the United States Senate, all Republicans, signed a letter in a blatant attempt to undermine attempts at negotiating a deal with Iran to prevent them from developing nuclear weapons, apparently violating the federal Logan Act in signing the letter.
The 47 Senators who signed the Cotton Letter are as follows:
- Richard Shelby of Alabama
- Jeff Sessions of Alabama
- Dan Sullivan of Alaska
- John McCain of Arizona
- John Boozman of Arkansas
- Tom Cotton of Arkansas, the ringleader of the effort to undermine diplomacy with Iran
- Cory Gardner of Colorado
- Marco Rubio of Florida
- Johnny Isakson of Georgia
- David Perdue of Georgia
- Mike Crapo of Idaho
- Jim Risch of Idaho
- Mark Kirk of Illinois
- Chuck Grassley of Iowa
- Joni Ernst of Iowa
- Pat Roberts of Kansas
- Jerry Moran of Kansas
- Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate Majority Leader
- Rand Paul of Kentucky
- David Vitter of Louisiana
- Bill Cassidy of Louisiana
- Roger Wicker of Mississippi
- Roy Blunt of Missouri
- Steve Daines of Montana
- Deb Fischer of Nebraska
- Ben Sasse of Nebraska
- Dean Heller of Nevada
- Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire
- Richard Burr of North Carolina
- Thom Tillis of North Carolina
- John Hoeven of North Dakota
- Rob Portman of Ohio
- Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma
- James Lankford of Oklahoma
- Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania
- Lindsey Graham of South Carolina
- Tim Scott of South Carolina
- John Thune of South Dakota
- Mike Rounds of South Dakota
- John Cornyn of Texas
- Ted Cruz of Texas
- Orrin Hatch of Utah, the Senate President Pro Tempore
- Mike Lee of Utah
- Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia
- Ron Johnson of Wisconsin
- Mike Enzi of Wyoming
- John Barrasso of Wyoming
All 47 of those individuals who I named are traitors to this country who are more interested in starting World War III by undermining the sitting President of the United States and allowing Iran to develop nuclear weapons that they could use to bomb the United States and our allies than doing anything that would actually be productive, such as fixing crumbling roads and bridges, making it easier for Americans to go to college, helping the private sector create more good-paying jobs, and so on.
Also, regarding the so-called “pro-Israel” lobby’s support for the Cotton Letter, the Cotton Letter puts Israel, as well as other U.S. allies and the U.S. itself, of even greater danger of an attack by Iranian forces, since the Cotton Letter is designed to undermine efforts to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons that could be used by Iran in an attack on the United States and its allies.
I’m calling for the U.S. Justice Department to bring up all 47 of the senators who signed the Cotton Letter on federal criminal charges for violating the Logan Act, which legally prohibits U.S. citizens who are not authorized diplomats from negotiating with a foreign government.