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Editor who used ‘gaystapo’ claims religious discrimination

An Iowa newspaper editor fired after publishing his views on homosexuals is claiming he was the victim of religious discrimination by his former employer.

Bob Eschliman, former editor of the Newton Daily News, filed a complaint this week with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission office in Milwaukee arguing that he was terminated May 5 because of his religious beliefs. If the dispute isn’t resolved to Eschliman’s satisfaction, he could sue in federal court to seek financial damages.

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Two Courts Divided

Between January and March of this year, One Iowa held more than 60 events across the state to educate the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community on the importance of the Affordable Care Act.

Under the ACA, LGBT Iowans were impacted positively. Some were able to afford health insurance for the first time. Obviously, this has major implications for the well being of our community here in Iowa and across the country.

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