Laws and homosexuality
Are homosexuals a protected class
hate-crimes & human rights laws?
If not, should they be?
In the U.S. and Canada, most governments have
passed hate-crime legislation and human rights laws to protect certain specified
groups of people.
The groups typically include at least those groups which defined by race, religion
and gender. Often other groups are added. There is a great deal of debate currently
about whether sexual orientation should be included to these laws as a protected
class. Much of the disagreement is derived from different fundamental beliefs
about the nature of -- and the definition of the term -- "sexual orientation."
Topics covered in this section:
Related essays on this web site that might be of interest:
An important information resource:
The Human Rights Campaign> maintains maps and a description of major laws in each state which impact
on gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender persons. See:
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Latest update: 2009-JUN-28
Author: B.A. Robinson