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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Iowa passes gender idenity and sexual orientation employment protections

With bi-partisan support, the Iowa House of Representatives voted 59-37 to approve a bill outlawing discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. The Iowa Senate affirmed their desire to see this bill become law with a concurrence vote of 34-16.

NCTE says that Iowa is now the tenth state to pass a law protecting transgender employees, but the Governor hasn't yet signed. In my opinion, it's not "law" until the Governor signs. IowaPolitics.com seems to be a good place to check for updates. The Oregon bill is also not yet "law." It was passed by both houses of the state legislature last week, but the Governor hasn't yet signed. Basic Rights Oregon has the updates.

As a lawyer, I think it's only correct to say as of this writing that there are eight states with statutes protecting transgender, gay and bisexual employees.

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