Gays and lesbians have
faced discrimination in military service, employment, housing, civil
protections, state services, public accommodations, health care,
social and religious groups, and courts. In the absence of federal
legislation prohibiting discrimination against the gay and lesbian
community, thirteen states have introduced favorable legislation
that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. In 1989,
Massachusetts became the second state to pass a gay and lesbian
civil rights bill. Unfortunately, this law has been subject to attack.
For example, the organization Citizens for Family First proposed
a referendum to repeal the bill in 1990, but the referendum failed.