30 results for tag: nondiscrimination





Of conscience, contraception, and contradiction

By Ken Burrows As anyone who watches a few episodes of Law & Order or The Good Wife knows, what the prosecution raises on direct examination at trial is open to cross-examination by the defense. I thought about this recently with regard to the issue of  religious institutions being mandated to provide contraceptive insurance coverage to their employees, something the institutions found to be in violation of their conscience. They insisted they be given an exemption from such a mandate on those conscience grounds. As is said in court, having raised the issue, they make it fair game for cross-examination. Before I do that cross, I will point out ...

Love Thy Neighbor (Conditionally, Of Course)

Love thy neighbor. A simple enough phrase, but apparently it is more complex than it seems. In the early hours of July 2nd a group of five friends, two of whom are Fort Carson soldiers, were brutally assaulted right outside of a local restaurant. Why, you may ask? Because four of the five were gay. Discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Colorado Springs is nothing new, but the ramifications of intolerance reach new heights when two of your friends have to be rushed to the hospital, one with an eye swollen shut, and another to emergency oral surgery for a shattered jaw. Can you say excessive?! Fortuna...

When Words Mean the Opposite: The Story of My Awakening

When Words Mean the Opposite: The Story of My Awakening By David Trillo If a psychic or a Tarot reader had told me in 1985 that, within the next seven years, I would become a gay rights activist, I would have laughed in his face – if he had caught me in a good mood. I was more than just anti-gay.  I was vehemently anti-abortion.  The only reason why I didn’t join Operation Rescue or a similar group was youthful ignorance – I didn’t know where to contact them. I was still an evangelical Christian when I joined as one of Citizens Project’s earliest supporters in 1992.  The idea of gay marriage was still hard for me to take, but as ...

LGBT Equality: How Does Colorado Stack Up?

Citizens Project celebrated the recent overturning of Proposition 8, California’s anti-gay marriage law, and it made us wonder; how do California’s LGBT laws stack up to Colorado’s? Colorado had two items on the 2006 ballot regarding same-sex marriage.  Referendum I was a proposed law that would have “legalize[d] domestic partnerships, providing same-sex couples the opportunity to obtain the legal protections and responsibilities granted to married couples under Colorado law.” (CNN) The other item on the ballot was Amendment 43, which would have defined marriage as being between a man and a woman.  Amendment 43 passed with 56% of the ...

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

With the recent developments regarding the United States’ military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, which effectively bans openly gay and lesbian citizens from serving in the military, it is an appropriate time to examine where the policy came from, where it currently stands, and the possibilities for its future. Leading up to his 1992 presidential election victory, Bill Clinton promised to end the ban on gays and lesbians in the US military.  However, once in office President Clinton encountered fierce resistance from Congress.  During the Congressional debates, Dr. Gregory Herek, a respected social psychologist with over 15 years of ...

There’s an app for that? HRC’s “Buying for Equality” iPhone app

Thanks Amy Gillentine at the Colorado Springs Business Journal for reporting: The Human Rights Campaign released the first-ever “Buying for Equality” iPhone application. This guide will allow shoppers to access its guide for equality as they are shopping to see how hundreds of popular American brands are rated based on the businesses’ treatment of their LGBT employees. Now let's make the City of Colorado Springs eligible for inclusion on the "good list" by passing Plus One employee health benefits, which includes domestic partners (gay and straight)! Here is the latest Gazette Opinion piece in support.