Bill Name: Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act
Bill Description: Whereas failure to provide equal opportunity, whether because of discrimination, prejudice, intolerance or inadequate education, training, housing or health care not only threatens the rights and proper privileges of its inhabitants, but menaces the institutions and foundation of a free democratic state and threatens the peace, order, health, safety and general welfare of the state and its inhabitants.

Whereas many citizens of the United States of America have encountered prejudice on account of their sexual orientation, and that this prejudice has severely limited or actually prevented access to employment, housing and other basic necessities of life, leading to deprivation and suffering. In addition, prejudice has fostered a general climate of hostility and distrust, leading in some instances to physical violence against those perceived to be homosexual or bisexual.

Resolved, the opportunity to obtain employment without discrimination because of age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, sex or marital status is hereby recognized as and declared to be a civil right. The term "sexual orientation" means heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality or asexuality, whether actual or perceived. This legislation does not support nor censure any form of human sexuality.

Resolved, the opportunity to obtain education, the use of places of public accommodation and the ownership, use and occupancy of housing accommodations and commercial space without discrimination because of age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, sex or marital status is hereby recognized as and declared to be a civil right.

It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice for any person, being the owner, lessee, proprietor, manager, superintendent, agent or employee of any place of public accommodation, resort or amusement, because of the race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, sex, or disability or marital status of any person, directly or indirectly, to refuse, withhold from or deny to such person any of the accommodations, advantages, facilities or privileges thereof, including the extension of credit, or, directly or indirectly, to publish, circulate, issue, display, post or mail any written or printed communication, notice or advertisement, to the effect that any of the accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of any such place shall be refused, withheld from or denied to any person on account of race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, sex, or disability or marital status, or that the patronage or custom thereat of any person of or purporting to be of any particular race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, sex or marital status, or having a disability is unwelcome, objectionable or not acceptable, desired or solicited.

It shall also be an unlawful discriminatory practice for any real estate broker, real estate salesperson or employee or agent thereof or any other individual, corporation, partnership or organization for the purpose of inducing a real estate transaction from which any such person or any of its stockholders or members may benefit financially, to represent that a change has occurred or will or may occur in the composition with respect to race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, sex, disability, marital status, or familial status of the owners or occupants in the block, neighborhood or area in which the real property is located, and to represent, directly or indirectly, that this change will or may result in undesirable consequences in the block, neighborhood or area in which the real property is located, including but not limited to the lowering of property values, an increase in criminal or anti-social behavior, or a decline in the quality of schools or other facilities.
Bill Author: Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Lobby Groups:
American Civil Liberties Union supports
Christian Coalition opposes
Aye: 113
Nay: 55
Present: 13

Representatives voting Aye:
Thud (D-AL)
Bubba (D-AR)
Theying (R-AR)
Michael Wong (D-CA)
Ed Doe (D-CA)
C Hunt Coulter (D-CA)
dbrown (D-CA)
nicvaliant2 (R-CA)
Matthew Faustini CA (R-CA)
John Marshall (D-CA)
Emperor Norton (G-CA)
Carey Galle (D-CA)
Left of Left (G-CA)
TomHatesArnold (D-CA)
Nadia Nemesis (R-CA)
MattW.CA (G-CA)
Lord Blackadder (D-CO)
Elvish Magi CO (D-CO)
twoodardCO (D-CO)
bkct (D-CT)
EleriaCT (D-CT)
Elbert Carvel (D-DE)
Matthew Faustini (R) (R-FL)
Claude Pepper (D-FL)
Chas Diaz (D-FL)
Brad Brunell (D-FL)
Savant FL (D-FL)
Richard Heying (L-GA)
TABBeas Corpus (D-GA)
Ed Ha (D-HI)
NebulaIL (D-IL)
Bughouse Concierge (G-IL)
MichaelV.Illinois (D-IL)
David Wetzel (L-IL)
Illinoise!!! (G-IL)
Savant IL (D-IL)
Harry Caray (R-IL)
bkin (D-IN)
EleriaIN (D-IN)
iamod (D-IA)
George Docking (D-KS)
NebulaKY (D-KY)
Seabiscuit (R-KY)
Saul Williams (D-ME)
Joker of Maryland (R-MD)
Jose Bove (G-MA)
nicvaliant (D-MA)
Baxley Robuck IV (D-MA)
Epona Oriana (G-MI)
Bernard O'Higgins (D-MI)
Teddy R (G-MI)
Savant MI (D-MI)
Eleria (D-MI)
mj (D-MN)
bkmn (D-MN)
Crimson Viking, Jr. (R-MN)
Elvish Magi MS (D-MS)
jaynixonforgov (D-MO)
bkmo (D-MO)
Crimson Cardinal (R-MO)
TomLovesCMcCaskill (D-MO)
Grim Reaper (D-MT)
Jackpot Kennedy (D-NV)
Capsaicin (D-NH)
Chas Andrews (D-NJ)
doodle dandy (D-NJ)
Joker of Jersey (R-NJ)
Begoner (D-NJ)
DarkGamemaster (D-NM)
Ralph Oriana (G-NY)
NebulaNY (D-NY)
nvnf (D-NY)
Nescafe (G-NY)
GenJCChristianPatriot (D-NY)
Stendido (D-NY)
Baldrickus (D-NY)
Aidan Oriana (G-OH)
Mark Campbell (D-OH)
Roosevelt (G-OH)
K. DeWine (R-OH)
Savant Ohio (D-OH)
Elvish Magi OH (D-OH)
TomLovesSherrodBrown (D-OH)
Elvish Magi OK (D-OK)
William Bailey (G-OR)
Rob for Oregon (D-OR)
David Unger (D-PA)
Nebula PA (D-PA)
ClarenceThomas (G-PA)
Mithridates (R-PA)
Rob for PA (D-PA)
Elliot (D-RI)
Chas Atkins (D-TN)
The Grim Reaper (D-TN)
TomHatesLamarCorker (D-TN)
Nemesis Enforcer (D-TX)
Jason Ramsey (D-TX)
Confederate=Traitor (D-TX)
nic2 (R-TX)
Wesley (C-TX)
shadrachdomal (D-TX)
Grimm (D-UT)
Malashaan (D-VT)
Chas Robb (D-VA)
ReagansRottingCorpse (D-VA)
Crimson Cavalier (R-VA)
Rob for Virginia (D-VA)
Kneight Bauer, III (D-WA)
dzeggetai (D-WA)
John Davis (D-WV)
D. Pryce (R-WI)
Rob for Wisconsin (D-WI)
Joker of Wisconsin (R-WI)

Representatives voting Nay:
FVPXXII (R-AL)
Don Young (R-AK)
Arthur Jensen (D-AZ)
murrayhead (R-AZ)
mmartin2 (R-AZ)
Corey D. Bowen (C-CA)
Ralph Allen (R-CA)
Kevin Vaughn (D-CA)
Gibson2 (R-CO)
llm (R-FL)
Ninja Warrior (R-FL)
Shane Dugan (D-FL)
Bucksizzle (R-FL)
Johnny Isaakson (R-GA)
Buck4Prez (R-GA)
dkuo11 (R-GA)
Fred Patton (R-IL)
Corey D. Bowen I (C-IL)
james kirk (R-IN)
dzgIN (C-IN)
Senor Bananas (R-IA)
Chris Vrenna (D-KS)
FVPXX (R-KY)
Bob Babineaux (D-LA)
mmartin (R-LA)
Tim Allen (R-LA)
DGM2 (D-LA)
DeroyalGop2 (R-MI)
FVPXXV (R-MS)
Joe Dirt (R-NE)
Kevin Vaughn-Dugan (D-NY)
Shane Dugan-Vaughn (D-NC)
Amazin (R-NC)
ATownBuck (R-NC)
John Ashbrook (R-NC)
Locust Sang (D-ND)
case (R-OH)
Oral Roberts (D-OK)
Stephen Colbert (R-PA)
dzgPA (C-PA)
Stetson Kennedy II (D-SC)
Lord ECK (D-SD)
FVPXXIII (R-TN)
Elizabeth Rivera (D-TX)
Russell (R-TX)
Matthew Faustini TX (R-TX)
witten (R-TX)
dzgTX (C-TX)
Corey D. Bowen III (C-TX)
dfa (C-TX)
whec (R-VA)
Senor Pins (R-WA)
RoB-WV (R-WV)
dzgWI (C-WI)
Richard B. Cheney (R-WY)

Representatives answering "Present":
Ronald Reagon (R-AL)
Ace Frehley (R-CA)
VitterCa (R-CA)
lordjeebus (D-MD)
Ed Ma (D-MA)
Maxwell Jones (D-NV)
Ed Hudson (D-NJ)
Swift (R-NM)
twoodardNC (D-NC)
Steve McQueen (R-PA)
Husky Immortal (R-SC)
Gene Simmons (R-TX)
Hubert Farnsworth (R-UT)

Representatives not voting yet:
JoCaVaAL (D-AL)
paragonAZ (D-AZ)
paragonCA (D-CA)
giorgio_25 (D-CA)
GoldenBoy (D-CA)
Robert McHale (R-CA)
Dawson (R-CA)
dandrus4888 (C-CA)
Deedie Day (G-CA)
CAWolfe (D-CA)
Tyron Charr (R-FL)
Andrew "Gator" Min (R-FL)
paragon FL (D-FL)
Greengrich (C-GA)
tater (R-ID)
UMPIL (R-IL)
JoCaVa6 (D-MD)
Thomas Rickett (D-MD)
Fred Knickerbocker (R-MI)
UMPMI (R-MI)
Corey D Bowen II (C-MN)
Farmer Brown (R-NE)
paragonNJ (D-NJ)
Joao (D-NY)
alevine14 (D-NY)
Mbenjamin5 (D-NY)
Constance Monroe (R-NY)
BronxBob (D-NY)
Mink Stole (D-NY)
bluedevil (D-NC)
iWiLLRuLE08! (R-PA)
Melissa Brown (R-PA)
David Horowitz (R-SC)
George Allen (R-TX)
dandrus911 (C-TX)
JoCaVa5 (D-VA)
Razor Clam (R-WA)
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