Beranbaum Menken Supports the Employment Nondiscrimination Act

The United States Senate will consider a measure to extend federal nondiscrimination laws to cover gay, lesbian and bisexual people. Although a minority of states (including New York) have state and city laws preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, no comparable federal protections currently exist. While the measure is a step in the right direction, it has a significant flaw – it exempts religiously affiliated institutions, which would allow numerous institutions like hospitals and universities to continue to discriminate. Existing federal law prohibits discrimination based on race, gender, religion and age; extending those protections to gay, lesbian and bisexual people should be common sense.