The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions passed a bill 15 to 7 today to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
If I were an employer looking to hire a person, I would not ask a person about their sexual orientation. I would favor a don't ask-don't tell policy. Unless the person told me they were gay, I wouldn't know. "Gender identity" however would be harder to deal with. I would not want a dude in drag waiting on customers. And a dude in drag may make other employees uncomfortable no matter which restroom he (she) used.
In reality, non-discrimination means special privileges and preferential treatment. To prove they don't discriminate, fire departments will give preferential treatment to gays should this bill pass.. Employers to protect themselves from charges of discrimination will be required to prove they have a quota of gays. Also, non-discrimination will most likely mean you have to hire the ugly hairy-legged man in drag who uses the women's restroom. I do not want the government forcing Hobby Lobby to hire men in drag.
All Democrats supported the bill, along with three Republicans: Sens. Mark Kirk (Ill.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Orrin Hatch (Utah). The Republicans who voted no included Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Rand Paul (Ky.), Pat Roberts (Kansas) and Tim Scott (S.C.).(link)