Is It Legal To Discriminate Against LGBT?

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Gay marriage may be legal in the majority of U.S. states, but the LGBT community still faces discrimination from businesses, many of which even refuse service or employment. Is this discrimination against LGBTs legal?

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Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Employment
http://smallbusiness.findlaw.com/employment-law-and-human-resources/sexual-orientation-discrimination-in-employment.html
Overview of the current Federal and State laws regarding sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace.

Cities and Counties with Non-Discrimination Ordinances that Include Gender Identity
http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/cities-and-counties-with-non-discrimination-ordinances-that-include-gender
“As of August 14, 2014 at least 200 cities and counties prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment ordinances that governed all public and private employers in those jurisdictions.”

Protection for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Employees Under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act
http://www.americanbar.org/publications/human_rights_magazine_home/human_rights_vol31_2004/summer2004/irr_hr_summer04_protectlgbt.html
“No bill specifically prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of gender identity has been introduced on the federal level.”

What is the Employment Non-Discrimination Act?
http://blogs.findlaw.com/law_and_life/2013/11/what-is-the-employment-non-discrimination-act.html
“The Employment Non-Discrimination Act is poised to pass in the U.S. Senate after years of debate, leaving many Americans to wonder: What is ENDA?”

Most Americans Think It’s Illegal to Fire Someone for Being Gay. They’re Wrong.
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-06-23/discrimination-at-work-is-it-legal-to-fire-someone-for-being-gay

Parenting Laws: Joint Adoption
http://hrc-assets.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com//files/assets/resources/joint_adoption_6-10-2014.pdf
“Each state has its own laws governing adoption and they vary widely. A joint adoption involves a couple adopting a child from the child’s biological parent(s) or adopting a child who is in the custody of the state. In many states it is unclear whether a same-sex couple would be permitted to file a joint petition to adopt. This map provides information on the known law and policies.”

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