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>What Next? Ex-Gays Win Discrimination Suit

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What has happened to our courts? Now they are collecting ex-gays into a protected group. Why? Your comments would be appreciated.

 

Remember how we all snickered when Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX) filed a lawsuit against the NEA, demanding that “ex-gay” be recognized as an sexual orientation and therefore subject to employee protections? Well, they won.

In a case with potentially far-reaching implications, the superior court of the District of Columbia has ruled that individuals who formerly identified as gay or lesbian are a protected class that must be recognized under nondiscrimination laws pertaining to sexual orientation, reports the Fox Business network. Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) brought the lawsuit against the National Education Association for failing to provide public accommodations for people who formerly identified as gay. The D.C. office of human rights sided with the NEA that sexual orientation protections do not extend to “ex-gays,” but the court held that under the D.C. human rights act, sexual orientation does not require immutable characteristics.

PFOX is demanding that the teachers group add an “ex-gay” person to their sexual orientation committee and immediately include “former” pole smokers to their list of protected employees.

The above comes from another blogspot site: Joe.My.God
 
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>Dictatorship in Publishing Can’t Stand

>Wherever there is tyranny there is discrimination. This time it’s in Argentina, where the bigs don’t like to see their names published — especially in a disparaging way, even when the printed word is true. God bless us never to be in that position. It poses a big threat to Argentinian bloggers, but also to the world of blogging.

It’s what I would call dictatorship of the worst kind. Freedom of Press was hard-earned in America and other countries. We can’t afford to have reversion in matters of freedom. This is a very frightening matter and it concerns the freedom of all of us, not just those in Argentina.

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The Internet in Argentina is going through some hard times. Despite the fact that search engines have no control over third party content, Argentinean courts have issued preliminary injunctions seeking to place liability on search engines for content found on third party websites. Public officials have requested that search engines remove all search results that may be associated with their names, thereby eliminating any links to news media, opinion pages, online publications, government websites containing information about the officials, and even the court websites where the officials work.

These proceedings threaten both freedom of expression and access to information, and pose a grave threat to the future development of the Internet in Argentina. In the interest of preserving the Internet as a free and open platform and guaranteeing freedom of expression, Google will fight this decision.

For more background and to learn more, check out my post on the Official Google Blog for Latin America (in Spanish).


Posted By Google Public Policy Blog to Google Public Policy Blog at 1/08/2009 09:45:00 A