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Group Plans To Rally For Bill that Would Ban Discrimination on Basis of Sexual Orientation

Right now, there are no federal laws or Texas laws that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. However, some equality activists are looking to change this and are pushing for the passage of Texas House Bill 538, which would bar employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

According to TransgenderLaw.org, the Houston jurisdiction has a law that prohibits discrimination in public employment on the basis of gender identity and expression. Yet there are still no such laws at the state level. Perhaps this will soon change.

The Dallas Voice reports that the advocacy group Equality Texas is meeting with its allies on March 7 in Austin to push for the passage of HB 538 along with other pieces of legislation. Equality Texas is also pushing for the passage of a bill to prohibit insurance discrimination based on sexual orientation and a bill that would allow for both same-sex parents to be listed on an adopted child's birth certificate.

Dennis Coleman, the executive director of Equality Texas, is encouraging people who are planning to attend the lobby day to register in advance on the organization's website at www.equalitytexas.org.

At the federal level, some advocacy groups are trying to push for the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). FindLaw states that the passage of this bill would make it illegal for private employers to discriminate based on sexual orientation in all U.S. states. Sexual orientation is currently a protected class in the federal government's equal opportunity employment policy, meaning that federal government employees cannot be discriminated against based on their sexual orientation.

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