Some contentious issues were brought up in another thread, regarding what is and what is not outlined in non-discrimination laws. Another couple of members really resented the "hijack" of the thread, so I did my homework and started a new thread to clear up some of the misunderstandings. Federal non-discrimination standards are outlined in Title 5 USC 2302 (b)(1)(A - E). 2302 outline what actions are prohibited (such as withholding promotion, hiring, firing, all those sorts of things.) and the further subsections (b)(1)(A) etc. describe which factors may NOT be considered for any personnel actions. Those factors are race, color, religion, sex (as in gender), national origin, age, handicap status, marital status, and political affiliation. Sexual orientation is not listed. There is also a misunderstanding that this section of the US Code defines the standards for the states; this is not the case. The federal standards apply only to federal employees. Exactly twelve states, and the District of Columbia, include sexual orientation in their non-discrimination laws: CA, CT, HI, MD, MA, MN, NV, NH, NJ, RI, VT, and WI. All of those except Vermont and District of Columbia also include "perception of sexual orientation", meaning if an employer even suspects that an employee of an "alternative sexual orientation," that employee is still protected. Of course, there are various exemptions, relating to the size and/or type of business. All 13, of course, completely exempt religious organizations from all criteria; other businesses reach threshold at anywhere from 3 to 15 employees. My source for this information, if any of you have any interest in more information (I know, I'm kind of OCD with law-related info), is the US General Accountability Office website, and specifically the page at http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d02878r.pdf . So, those who posted "that's illegal, they can't fire someone for being gay!", well, outside those 12 states or DC, or even in the federal government, no, it's not illegal, gays and lesbians and bisexuals are NOT protected in 38 of our fine states.