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Justice Department to Treat Gay Employee Group Equally

Timothy Kincaid

February 5th, 2008

mukasey.jpgThe heads of the various Departments of the federal government have tremendous power over decisions impacting the lives of their employees. This can be especially true for gay employees.

Under Attorney General Janet Reno, during the Clinton administration, the gay employee group was given the same freedom and support as other employee groups. That changed when John Ashcroft took power. Ashcroft, and his successor Alberto Gonzalez, denied DOJ Pride any support for their annual pride celebration and refused them the same access to email, bulletin boards, or postings that they allowed others.

However, the Washington Post is reporting that under the new Attorney General appointed in November, Michael Mukasey, DOJ Pride is again able to participate and make others aware of their existence.

Mukusey’s nomination was contentious, primarily over issues of the legality of waterboarding, but he was considered a concensus candidate and not a Bush insider. I believe that this action illustrates a willingness on the part of Mukasey to do things differently and think outside of the Administration’s narrow idealisms.

Let’s hope that this is but the first step Mukasey will take in refurbishing the tarnished image of the Department of Justice.

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Jim Burroway
February 6th, 2008 | LINK

I noticed the Family “Research” Council has decided that treating all employee groups equally amounts to creating a “special status.” Seems to me the “special status” came in when the LGBT employee group was under restrictions that didn’t befall any other employee group.

But then, I’m of the opinion that it’s quite easy to see the difference between up and down or black and white. The FRC, on the other hand, appear to have a hard time discerning between “same” and “different” (or “special”).

stephwinter
February 26th, 2008 | LINK

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