Senate Republicans vs. the Gay Lobby
It is good news to hear that Senate Republicans are going to essentially ignore a bill passed by the House Democrats, which was an attempt for government endorsement of an immoral lifestyle while opening the door to frivolous lawsuits.
State Sen. Bill Seitz, a Republican from Green Township, said he can’t recall many bills assigned to the Senate Rules Committee ever getting more than one hearing or sent for a vote by the full Senate. House Bill 176 has been assigned to the Senate Rules Committee by Harris, and may remain stuck there, according to other senators..
“I have a lot of reservations,” Seitz said. “There probably have been bills that have come out of Rules but I would be hard-pressed to think of some.”
Anytime you allow another basis for people to sue for discrimination, Seitz said, the burden shifts to the employer to prove non-discrimination. “It’s not so clear-cut as proponents would have you believe that it’s all about somebody saying, ‘I’m not going to hire you because you are gay,’ ” he said. “There are all kinds of legal intricacies.”
Such legislation also could trigger creation of new affirmative action programs in the state, he said. Ohio civil rights statutes already make it illegal to discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, military status, national origin, disability, age or ancestry.
Finally, Seitz questioned whether such legislation is even necessary: “Given that so many companies have voluntarily adopted these kinds of policies, there are plenty of employment opportunities for folks regardless of their sexual orientation.”
It is very difficult to prove discrimination. And why would anyone want to interview a homosexual for a job if, at any perceived slight, will take you to court and- regardless of the outcome- smear your business as discriminatory?