Carl P. Paladino, the Republican candidate for New York Governor, has not held back his opinion on homosexuality.  The New York Daily News has taken to referring to the Republican nominee as “Crazy Carl,” and his latest series of outbursts demonstrated why.  Appearing before a group of orthodox rabbis in Brooklyn, Paladino declared that he did not want children “brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option — it isn’t.”  Then, in a failed attempt to try to undo the damage he had one, Paladino, on the Today Show, said he found a gay march parade “disgusting,” in that marchers “wear these little Speedos and they grind against each other.”  Paladino’s campaign manager, Michael R. Caputo, denied assertions that Paladino was antigay, and noted that he employed a gay man on his campaign staff. NY Times

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) does not enforce the protections that prohibit discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation.  To date, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.  However, there has been a lot of buzz in the federal courts surrounding gay rights. Specifically, a recent decision to repeal the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy and two laws restricting gay rights — the federal Defense of Marriage Act and the California ban on same-sex marriage – have been declared unconstitutional by federal judges in recent months.  These three recent decisions on gay rights issues suggest that federal judges are increasingly willing to strike down what they see as antigay bias embodied in legislation.

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