North Carolina GOP platform: Exclude LGBT individuals from discrimination laws

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, June 4, 2012 20:00 EDT
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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.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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