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In America’s past, a culture of animus against federal workers

Philip Kennicott, "The preferred terms were “pervert” or “deviate,” and if they needed further elaboration, favored adjectives included criminal, notorious, dishonest, immoral and disgraceful. There were no niceties of language when it came to the way the U.S. government treated gay and lesbian people for most of the past century.

"As the Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday about the constitutionality of gay marriage, one friend-of-the-court brief under consideration is based on a deep document dive into the government’s decades-long war on gay and lesbian civil service employees. The Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C., with the help of its pro bono legal partner, the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery, has created an insider’s look at how the fear and hatred of gay people was codified, disseminated, defended and adapted after homosexuals were officially banned from the civil service by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953."


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