Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear restored protections to GLBT state employees yesterday. His executive order adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the protected classes in state employment. His predecessor Governor Ernie Fletcher had stripped the protections in 2006.
Beshear, a Democrat, said in a statement yesterday that the [Fletcher] policy meant that "a gay person could be fired simply for being gay. A person should be hired or dismissed on the basis of whether they can do the job. Experience, qualifications, talent and performance are what matter." The order says that the protection includes matters relating to "hiring, promotion, termination, tenure, recruitment and compensation."
Well, how about it, Governor Bredesen? Are you ready for Tennessee to join 27 other states and make sure state employees are hired and rewarded according to their merit without fear of discrimination?