The Washington Post, Wonkblog

Why Alabama is the least friendly state to gays in the nation

The Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states on Friday. But gay Americans still face disparities on issues like workplace and housing discrimination, hate crime and anti-bullying protection and adoption rights. And one state seems to have less protections for gays than any other: Alabama.

That’s according to the Movement Advanced Project, a think tank that researches LGBT policy. The group created a metric to quantify a state’s policies toward the LGBT community. Alabama came in last. California did the best.

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That summary map echoes a deeper look at different issues by the by Human Rights Campaign, the gay rights advocacy group.  We go through more of that detail below:

Eighteen states don’t prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation for employees of private companies.

http://www.hrc.org/map/embed?topic_id=15

Though federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on sexual orientation, 28 states don’t have their own statutes with housing discrimination protections.

http://www.hrc.org/map/embed?topic_id=12

Fifteen states have hate crime laws that don’t include crimes related to sexual orientation and five states don’t have hate crime laws at all.

http://www.hrc.org/map/embed?topic_id=18

In seven states, gay couples can’t jointly adopt children.

http://www.hrc.org/map/embed?topic_id=14

Eight states have laws that restrict the inclusion of LGBT groups in schools.

Another two have laws anti-bullying laws that prevent school officials from explicitly protecting LGBT students. Montana is the only state without a statutory ban on bullying.

http://www.hrc.org/map/embed?topic_id=20

So yes, same-sex marriage might be legal in all 50 states, but gay Americans do face tremendous discrimination in other cultural categories.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/06/26/why-alabama-is-the-least-friendly-state-to-gays-in-the-nation/

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