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Same-sex families fight for their right to fair treatment

Even though same-sex marriage is legal in all of the United States, there are still some states that allow for discrimination thanks to a failure to address discrimination laws specific to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Discrimination can affect families; it can cause trouble for children, may make it hard for a same-sex couple to adopt and could even cause trouble at schools or workplaces.

In 28 states, it's not against the law to discriminate against a same-sex couple or homosexual person who wants to get a job, buy something at a local store or find a home. In a family, this can be devastating; even though a marriage is allowed, that couple can still be denied living arrangements or other necessities of life.

In Georgia, anti-LGBT discrimination campaigns will be taking place in 2016 and onward; according to the news, the group Freedom for All Americans will be putting between $3 and $6 million into multiple states to help further the cause of LGBT individuals and couples.

What has been argued in the past is that providing these benefits to LGBT individuals may infringe on the religious rights of others. Is that fair, though, and should that be reason enough to affect families or individuals with different sexual preferences?

It's widely understood that when a person or institution works with the public in a commercial capacity, it should be treating the public equally, regardless of disability, sex, gender, race or other factors. Compromise seems like it may be the only option in some states, especially those that lobbied against same-sex marriage.

Source: The Atlantic, "Can States Protect LGBT Rights Without Compromising Religious Freedom?," Emma Green, Jan. 06, 2016

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