Conservatives Oppose 'Special Treatment' for Sexual Behavior

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:05 PM EDT

( - A conservative group is organizing opposition to a bill that would give special treatment to a group of people based solely on their behavior.

The legislation, introduced by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), would affirm that federal employees are protected from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and would repudiate any assertion to the contrary, according to a bill summary.

As of last Thursday, H.R. 3128 (the Clarification of Federal Employment Protection Act) had 16 cosponsors -- 13 Democrats and three Republicans. The American Family Association notes that some of the co-sponsors are openly homosexual.

The bill would make it illegal to discriminate against homosexuals in federal hiring, but the AFA says homosexuals already have the same protections against discrimination as other employees do.

"What the congressmen are asking for is special treatment for a group of people who can be identified only by their sexual behavior," said Donald Wildmon, founder and chairman of the American Family Association.

According to Wildmon, it was during the Clinton administration that Special Counsel Elaine Kaplan (whom he describes as a practicing lesbian) inserted "sexual orientation" in the Office of Special Counsel guidelines despite having no authority to do so. This elevated homosexuality to a protected status such as race, color, creed or religion.

Scott Bloch, who now heads Office of Special Counsel, removed the words "sexual orientation" from the guidelines because Congress had never authorized the addition, Wildmon said. Homosexual activists tried to get Bloch fired, but failed.

Criticism of the bill also comes from the left: H.R. 3128 does not include protections for transgenders, something that upsets activists representing their interests.

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