---- brief selections from an extended opinion piece by Ian Millhiser at ThinkProgress (USA), 20 April 2015 :-
'In 1965, the same year that President Lyndon Johnson signed what may be the most important civil rights law in American history, an early gay rights group known as the Mattachine Society of Washington asked the United States Civil Service Commission to rescind a policy declaring openly gay individuals “unsuitable for Federal employment.” The Commission’s response to the Mattachine Society reads less like a government document and more like an tract from an anti-gay hate group. It explained that the policy would remain in place due to
the revulsion of other employees by homosexual conduct and the consequent disruption of service efficiency, the apprehension caused other employees of homosexual advances, solicitations or assaults, the unavoidable subjection of the sexual deviate to erotic stimulation through on-the-job use of the common toilet, shower and living facilities, the offense to members of the public who are required to deal with a known or admitted sexual deviate to transact Government business, the hazard that the prestige and authority of a Government position will be used to foster homosexual activity, particularly among the youth, and the use of Government funds and authority in furtherance of conduct offensive both to the mores and the law of our society. ........ Next week, the Supreme Court will once again hear oral arguments in a group of cases that seek to extend full marriage equality to all 50 states. In the lead up to these arguments, the Court has appeared to telegraph its intention to back equality so loudly that one of the Court’s conservative members complained in February that his more liberal colleagues seemed to be showing their hand too soon. It is very likely that five justices will join together to declare marriage discrimination unconstitutional this June.'
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