Monday, November 10, 2014

Poll Says Majority Of American Support Forcing Shuls/Churchs To Hire Gays

According to a new Harris poll released Thursday, two-thirds of Americans support federal legislation that would bar employers from "discriminating" against workers on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and 55 percent reject exemptions for any employers -- even Shuls/churches.
35% of American's think Shuls should not be forced to hire gays

The online survey, conducted Sept. 10-18 with Out & Equal Workplace Advocates and Witeck Communications, found that only 35 percent of Americans think religious organizations are legally justified to "discriminate" against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers on faith-based grounds. Slightly fewer respondents, 30 percent, made the same exception for privately held businesses. About 1 in 5 Americans said publicly held businesses should be able to claim a religious exemption as well, according to the survey, which interviewed 2,543 adults in the United States.
In July, President Barack Obama issued an executive order protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors and the federal government from employment "discrimination". The provision pertaining to federal contractors, which does not grant any exemptions for religiously affiliated contractors, affects 24,000 companies employing nearly one-fifth of the U.S. workforce. But in 29 states, all other workers can still be legally fired or harassed for being gay, lesbian or bisexual. For transgender employees, that's true in 32 states.
30% of Americans believe that a kosher restaurant should be required to hire gays who flaunt it

In Congress, legislation to remedy this gap has passed the Senate but stalled in the GOP-controlled House. The Employment Non-"Discrimination" Act, which would protect all LGBT workers from workplace "discrimination", has also lost support from a number of gay rights groups in recent months because of its inclusion of a wide-reaching religious exemption that would give faith-affiliated businesses legal cover to "discriminate" against LGBT employees.
"I think there's a broad consensus that the rules should apply to everyone including shuls, Yeshiva, and kollels, which is why we withdrew our support from ENDA," Jennifer Pizer, senior counsel at Lambda Legal, explained in an Associated Press interview earlier this month. "If you have different standards, then it communicates a message that some kinds of "discrimination" are not as serious as others."
(Huffington Post) highlight my additions

granted the poll may be biased but even if it is it will be used to force this position into law

Shuls beware your next "rabbi" might be forced to be a homosexual

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