Currently there are only six states -- Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine and New Hampshire -- that have same sex marriage (Doskow, 2009). Although this is an alternative for some gay and lesbian families, moving to one of these states is not practical for Elisa and Ellen right now because their family is in Washington State and they do not want to move so far away while they are expecting a child. Currently lesbians and gays are not protected by law. Although President Obama has recently given some benefits to same sex partners he did not extend health care benefits to them. Most states have followed the "letter of the law" to decide what they should do with gay and lesbian partners and so far they have not had to give them anything. The challenge for most businesses is that they want to be fair, but the law only protects heterosexual couples from discrimination.The website, Find Law (2009) states that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that was put into place in 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of "race or color, religion, sex, pregnancy, childbirth and national origin (including membership in a Native American tribe)." It also states that someone cannot be fired for talking about discrimination if they feel they have been a victim of discrimination. There are no provisions for "sexual orientation" so a business must put these provisions in if they want to use them. Unfortunately there are employees who feel adamant that gays and lesbians should not have the same rights as married heterosexual couples so the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was created to protect. Ethical Dilemma in the Workplace Case Study Lesbian Relationship.
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