The Nebraska Unicameral Judiciary Committee is considering three bills that would protect LGBT people against various forms of discrimination. One of the people who spoke against workplace protections for gays was Dr. Louis Safranek, a Harvard-educated MD in Omaha.
His voice trembling, the foppish internist explains above that, because a 1983 study done by the CDC showed that gay men have tons of sexual partners and are in a high-risk category for HIV, employers should be allowed to discriminate against them across the board.
“I urge the members of the Legislature to reject LB 485, which criminalizes business owners that see that the differences, such as I have highlighted, are in fact a legitimate bases for discriminating [against] homosexuals.”
LB 485, sponsored by state Sen. Danielle Conrad, would ban any businesses from discriminating against current or prospective employees based on sexual orientation, and would affect state and local governments, employers holding state contracts, and any businesses with more than 15 employees. (Religious organizations would be exempt.)
Well, at least Safranek is just maligning gay men, right? Since he cites the CDC study, he must be okay with lesbians, bisexual women and transgender people.
The silver fox also urged lawmakers to reject any bill “that suggests that the gay lifestyle—or any of the LGBT lifestyles—are equivalent to the healthy sexual norm of sex within the confines of marriage between monogamous men and women.”
Seriously? We pity anyone who has an internist who thinks that abstinence until marriage is the norm in the United States.