Feds to Fags: Gay-Acting Is OK, Gay-Being Is Not
Federal workers who "identify" themselves as gay or lesbians no longer will have their jobs protected, according to a nifty interpretation of a 1978 law by Special Counsel Scott Bloch. While the law was intended to protect individuals from discrimination on the basis of sexual conduct, Bloch worried that "you have to be very careful to interpret strictly according to how it’s written and not get into loose interpretations." (He said "loose"!) For example:
- Bloch said that the while a gay employee would have no recourse for being fired or demoted for being gay, that same worker could not be fired for attending a gay Pride event. In his interpretation, Bloch is making a distinction between one’s conduct as a gay or lesbian and one’s status as a gay or lesbian.
Indeed. As drunken Republican congressman have told themselves since time immemorial: Just because you like a little ass-fucking on occasion, that doesn't make you gay.
LGBT Federal Workers Lose Job Protections [365Gay.com]
OSC to study whether bias law covers gays [FederalTimes.com]