Are all forms of discrimination the same? Not so much so for the folks over at The Volokh Conspiracy. According to those folks, it would be, you know, a bad thing - or, rather, "quite wrong" - if I were fired because I was a lesbian, but, eh, not too big of a deal. HOWEVER! Were I to be fired for being a Woman, well then, Volokh would consider that "Much More Serious!"
Is this just a lawyerly thing? Or is this indicative of how Americans view equality, rights and protections? In other words: If a protective law is not inclusive of a particular group, and does not raise legal repercussions for discriminating against that group, do people actually believe that it's not such a big deal when such discrimination occurs? Take to the streets if I'm fired for being a woman! Shrug your shoulders if it's because I'm a lesbian.