Discrimination – a Treasured Tradition?
The Discrimination Against Gays Has a Long and Storied Past in the United States Government.
As recently reported in the New York Times, recent documents have been uncovered outlining the United States Government’s position in the 1960’s on discrimination against homosexuals. While President Lyndon B. Johnson was signing landmark legislation that would curtail the government’s discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex and national origin, his administration was happily firing gays left and right.
Shortly after President Johnson was elected to his first full term, an administration official requested clarification on the policy of firing gays. The specific question was whether there was a policy for people who had a long history of gay liaisons, but who, through years of marriage, had been ‘rehabilitated’ into a trustworthy civil servant.
Never mind that the question itself is rife with homophobia and bigotry, the answer that came almost immediately from John W. Steele, a staff member of the Civil Service Commission, the agency responsible for handling human resource matters for the government, made the question seem downright accepting by comparison.
Mr. Steele indicated that that situation almost never happened. “Some feel that ‘once a homo, always a homo.’” He went on to state that “Our tendency to ‘lean over backwards’ to rule against a homosexual is simply a manifestation of the revulsion which homosexuality inspires in the normal person. Though he did point out that technically, a rehabilitated homosexual could keep his job.
While the government turned its attention towards enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all of its ramifications, the policy of discrimination against homosexuals would continue for decades afterwards. It wouldn’t necessarily be as blatant, but it would continue to exist until just recently. With the Supreme Court’s overruling of DOMA and the repeal of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy for military personnel, it seems that things may finally be turning a corner.
If you believe that you have been discriminated against because of your sexual preference or identity, or on the basis of any other protected characteristic, or if you have been wrongfully fired, retaliated against, harassed or have been the victim of wage and hour or meal break violations, contact the law offices of Stephen Danz & Associates today at (877) 789-9707 or use the Contact Form on our website to schedule a free consultation today.
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