I'm all for anti-discrimination...everyone who is qualified to do the job, should be allowed a chance to get the job. Anyone who can afford to buy the house, should be given a chance to buy the house, etc.
However, I don't believe "special" groups, require "special" rights....more so than the average non-special individual.
Furthermore, equating painters, writers, etc....to promoting sin is a misnomer.
Writers wrote the Bible....and painters created our beautiful icons.
It is what is in the heart of the person, that reflects in their creation and the job they do.
If the group exists simply to ensure that people are treated equally, that's one thing. If the organization, however, promotes this lifestyle and wishes to "push" it on the society and make it "normal" and accepted and even embraced....then this is not good.
I actually do not work for HRC. I work for another group which is presently doing canvassing for HRC; specifically, for the HRC campaign to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which will end the lawful firing of people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. If pregnant women should be unable to be fired simply for being pregnant (which is the case under federal law), I see no reason why the same should not be true of gay people
If this is really what it does, I say good for them.
I am with Liza on this. Equality is something we should strive for, but sadly, in far too many cases, we see this "equality" abused for the promotion of a lifestyle. Far too often, we see special provisions created, which in fact, promote an unequal environment. As long as a person’s private life in no way affects their professional life, it should not be held against them in any way. However, when it does, well, they really have nothing to complain about. People seem to forget a business also has the right to run itself the way it wants, to protect it from certain problems, and to require certain things from its employees. As long as it is standard for everyone, I see no problems with that either. For instance, if on Friday, Mr. Anderson left his 8th grade science classroom where he teaches, and Monday arrived as Ms. Anderson, the school has the right to effectively deal with the issue. There are more things in play than Mr. Andersons desire to be a woman. But were they simply to find out, through no fault or improper action of Mr. Anderson, he were a homosexual (i.e., he never mentioned it, lived in another nearby town where none of the students lived, didn’t get posted on YouTube for doing something stupid, etc.) and they fired him, yes, that is a problem.
There are literally limitless scenarios possible. The bottom line is, if it is a REAL discrimination, not what people now days THINK is discrimination, protect the person’s rights. If that is what is being accomplished by this organization you work for, fantastic. If it steps, even slightly, outside of those boundaries, shame on everyone involved.