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.
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.
Though federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on sexual orientation, 28 states don’t have their own statutes with housing discrimination protections.
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.
In seven states, gay couples can’t jointly adopt children.
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.
So yes, same-sex marriage might be legal in all 50 states, but gay Americans do face tremendous discrimination in other cultural categories.