Members of the Texas-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy group GetEQUAL TX were arrested after holding a May 1 sit-in at the state capitol.
As KEYE TV reported, five out of about 12 members of the group who were present at the protest were arrested. The protestors were attempting to get four Republican senators -- including Sen. Bob Duell and Sen. Brian Birdwell -- to vote yes on Senate Bill 237, The Fair Employment Act.
GetEQUAL member Michael Diviesti said that the bill requires Texas employers to have a real reason to fire someone, as opposed to firing someone for their sexuality.
"What the bill does is say, 'Hey look, if you live in Texas you can't fire somebody simply because they happen to be gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgender,'" he said, as quoted by KEYE TV. "You have to have a real reason to fire someone or deny them employment."
As noted by Towerload, KEYE TV attempted to speak with all four of the senators, but none could speak on camera.
Similarly, in January, The Kentucky Equality Federation (KEF) petitioned to alter the commonwealth’s Civil Rights Act of 1966, amending it to include protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The petition created on Change.org garnered over 800 signatures.
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