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Equal rights on the job

Equal rights on the job

Most Americans believe that a person should not be discriminated against in the workplace because of sexual orientation. Polls have shown this consistently and strongly for years. So it shouldn't be too much of a shock if the U.S. Senate this week approves legislation to ban on-the-job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Yet it is a bit of an eye-opener.

Not because it's not the right thing to do but because there are still so many lawmakers in Washington and around the country who favor discrimination. That apparently includes House Speaker John Boehner, who opposes the bill because it will, according to a spokesman, "increase...