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John Oliver Takes On Discrimination Against The LGBT Community On 'Last Week Tonight'

25/08/2015 11:42 BST | Updated 25/08/2015 11:59 BST
LGBT Discrimination

This year’s gay marriage ruling was a milestone, but LGBT discrimination is still surprisingly legal. John Oliver explains why we need a federal anti-discrimination law.

Posted by Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on Monday, August 24, 2015

The news has once again been flooded with stories of gay people being discriminated against in the USA over the past month, and it seems the problem has been growing ever since the Supreme Court's historic vote to allow same sex marriage across the nation.

But why are people still allowed to fire workers for being gay, or refuse to serve them in a restaurant? Well, as John Oliver points out in this poignant segment, it's totally legal for them to do so.

The British comedian goes on to say that many states have yet to criminalise discrimination against someone because of their sexuality, and Arkansas has even passed an anti-anti-discrimination law. Needless to say, John took the opportunity to bring a bit of sense into the entire argument.

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Oh, and remember that baker who refused to make a cake for gay wedding because it offended his Christian view of the sanctity of marriage? He once made a wedding cake for a marriage between two dogs.

Luckily, Oliver goes on to point out a Bill currently going through Congress which adds protections for LGBT people to the Civil Rights Act, however it currently has less Republican sponsors than a Bill to designate 25 September as "National Lobster Day".

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