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Is it legal to discriminate against gays and lesbians?

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Question: Is it legal to discriminate against gays and lesbians?
Is it legal to fire someone for being gay or lesbian? Can you be kicked out of a restaurant or denied an apartment for being gay? Is discrimination against gays and lesbians legal?
Answer: The answer is, it depends on where you live. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have laws banning discrimination based on sexual orientation:
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin.
There is no federal protection for gays and lesbians.

Many cities and municipalities also have their own anti-discrimination laws. So do many of the major corporations in America. But if you're unlucky enough to live or work in a place that allows legal discrimination, you have no legal recourse if you are discriminated against for being gay or lesbian.

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