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‘Asterisk Equality’ Isn’t Real Equality: Fighting for an ENDA Without Exemptions

There is a bill pending in the Senate right now that would end workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

To accept the broad religious exemptions in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, is in an insult to the incredible progress the LGBTQ community has already made.

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Religious Exemptions at Issue in Proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act

A strong majority supports protecting LGBTQ people from workplace discrimination, and a proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) introduced in both the House and Senate would make that law—except probably not in Catholic schools and some other religiously affiliated institutions.

ENDA would protect many LGBTQ individuals from workplace discrimination, something a strong majority of Americans support. However, the proposed version of the law would not protect LGBTQ employees at Catholic schools and some other religiously affiliated institutions.

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Christian Right Group on an Anti-LGBTQ Crusade in Brazil

Snapshot from the Brazilian Carnival.

Brazil is a country of contradictions. It can produce both the Brazilian Carnival and house right-wing Christian empires.

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