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03/23/2005

Washington State: Don't Discriminate!

by Jeremy Hooper

The AP is reporting that a bill aimed at banning discrimination against homo-gays in Washington state, is only a couple of votes short of a Senate majority. The House passed the bill in February, and Washington Governor Christine Gregoire has formally stated that she will sign the measure into law - so Senate approval is really the final hurdle.

But of course, there are some Washingtonians who apparently think refusing a job to a dude who likes dudes (or a lass who likes lassies) is a perfectly acceptable practice. A few of these confused individuals used today's committee hearing as a forum to express their primitive viewpoints. A regular on the Washington anti-gay front, Randy Leskovar, is quoted by the AP as saying:

"Tens of thousands if not millions of Christians hold that homosexuality is a reprehensible lifestyle. So when we're saying it is a lifestyle that must be accepted ... you're going to have to allow something you think is reprehensible to be looked on as being OK."

But discrimination against a person based on a fixed characteristic of their being is perfectly acceptable? Gotcha, Rand.

If the measure doesn't end up biting in the Senate, Washington will become the 16th U.S. State to adopt an anti-discrimination law that protects the homo-gays. Slow and steady wins the race, people.

Senate is said to be closely split on gay-rights bill [AP via Seattle Times Onlin

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