Lawmakers Consider More Gay Anti-Discrimination Protection

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Denver (AP) A year after protecting gays and lesbians in the workplace, state lawmakers are considering outlawing other kinds of discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The new bill is sponsored by Democratic Senator Jennifer Veiga. It would make it illegal to deny gays and lesbians everything from an apartment rental to a burial plot or service in a restaurant. It takes the state's existing anti-discrimination laws and adds sexual
orientation to the list of factors, such as race and national origin, that can't be considered.

The bill would also bar discrimination based on someone's religion.

Jim Pfaff, president of the Colorado Family Institute, opposes the bill because of both of those changes. He fears it could be used to punish, for example, a Christian photographer who doesn't want to shoot a same-sex commitment ceremony. He also thinks adding
a prohibition against religious discrimination might even bar a company from advertising itself as a Christian company.

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