North Carolina GOP platform: Exclude LGBT individuals from discrimination laws
The North Carolina Republican Party adopted a platform over the weekend that states gay, lesbian, bisexual and trangendered individuals should be excluded from anti-discrimination laws, according to Think Progress.
“Government should treat all citizens impartially, without regard to wealth, race, ethnicity, disability, religion, sex, political affiliation or national origin. We oppose all forms of invidious discrimination. Sexual orientation is not an appropriate category,” the platform (PDF) states.
The platform also calls for limiting marriage to the union of one man and one woman, and preventing same sex couples from adopting children.
In May, voters in North Carolina approved an amendment to the state constitution that defines marriage as solely between one man and one woman. North Carolina law already restricts marriage to opposite sex couples, but the amendment to the state’s constitution protects the law from legal challenges. It also prohibits same sex civil unions and domestic partnerships.
According to the Human Rights Campaign, it’s legal to fire someone for being gay, lesbian or bisexual in 29 states, including North Carolina. And 34 states allow businesses to fire workers for being transgender. There is no federal law that protects LGBT individuals from employment discrimination.