Hawaii became the 13th U.S. state to ban discrimination on the basis of gender identity after Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie signed a new employment discrimination bill into law on Tuesday.
House Bill 546 prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression in employment and as a matter of public policy.
“Today is a great day for all residents of Hawaii,” Alan Spector, Equality Hawaii co-chair, said after the state’s legislature passed the bill. “Providing employment protections to transgender people in Hawaii is a victory for civil rights. The people of this state should be judged on the quality of work they do and not on who they are — that’s what this legislation guarantees.”
California, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Vermont, Maine, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia have similar anti-discrimination laws.
The university’s vice president of academic affairs reportedly asserted that her lifestyle “offends his Baptist beliefs.”
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