Saturday, July 19, 2014

Round two for Oklahoma

The 10th Circuit upheld the ruling from a district court that struck down Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling is stayed pending the expected appeal. Not only is it the same court, but the same 3-judge panel, that upheld striking down Utah's ban three weeks ago.

The National Center for Health Statistics did a big survey of over 34 thousand adults. This time the survey included questions about orientation, which gives a new look at the number of gay, lesbian, and bisexual people in America. Back in 1948 the Kinsey Report claimed 10% of men were gay. A study in 2011 put the number at 3.8%. This survey says 1.6% are gay or lesbian, another 0.7% are bisexual. That 1.6% means there are about 5 million gays and lesbians in the country.

I wrote a few days ago that top gay rights organizations were withdrawing their support of ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Some conservatives are responding by saying gay groups want out because religious exemptions are too broad? Sounds good! Let's get that thing passed pronto! It is still quite unlikely to get through the House.

In the meantime 69 religious and civil rights groups are asking Obama to not exempt religious contractors from a coming executive order banning discrimination of sexual minorities from govt' work. Taxpayer funded discrimination is against American values.

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