Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Being Gay in California

Admitting you are gay is never a ticket for one to tease or discriminate you in any way.

Discrimination can be in several forms. It can be verbal or non-verbal. It could be through actions like imitating a “cat walk” whenever one sees a gay employee or leaving a tiara at his desk.

Whenever one feels that he is in a hostile environment, then he is being discriminated against.

The policy against gay discrimination is clear in California. Laws in California specifically protect homosexuals, heterosexuals and bisexuals from gender or sex discrimination. The protection even extended to transsexuals and transgenders.

In a 4-3 decision, California Supreme Court struck ban on gay marriage.The decision declared that no less than the fundamental law protects ones right to marry his or her choice. It furthered that state’s ban on same sex marriage would not be in keeping with its policy against gender discrimination.

Consequently, hundreds of couples in a same sex relationship grab the opportunity and wed before the ruling is overturned.

One thing is for sure, we have to live by this ruling of the Supreme Court. Even the governor said that he would not take steps to amend the constitution or support any movement to that effect.