The top five myths about LGBT non-discrimination laws debunked

CARLOS MAZA [e]Equality Matters[m]

Conservatives routinely attack LGBT non-discrimination laws as unnecessary, burdensome and threatening to religious liberty. But in state after state and city after city, their horror stories haven’t come true.

Federal law still doesn’t prohibit discrimination against LGBT people in private employment, housing, or public accommodations, despite widespread public support for such protections.

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As a result, many city and state governments have taken to adopting their own non-discrimination measures. In March, Maryland banned discrimination on the basis of gender identity. Since then, cities like HoustonFayetteville, and Roland Park have similarly extended existing non-discrimination protections to their LGBT residents.

Debates about local non-discrimination laws are routinely hijacked by conservative activists and media outlets that warn that protecting LGBT people is unnecessary, burdensome, and threatening to religious liberty.

Here are the five most common right-wing talking points about LGBT non-discrimination laws, debunked:

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