The Civil Service Decides that Gays are Fit for Public Service (Great Events from History II: Human Rights Series)
Article abstract: The United States Civil Service Commission issued new guidelines which stated that persons cannot be disqualified from federal employment “solely on the basis of homosexual conduct”.
Summary of Event
Section 3301 of Title V of the United States Code provides the basic standard for regulating federal employment. The section states that the president may prescribe such regulations for the admission of individuals into the civil service as “will best promote the efficiency of that service.” The section also provides that the president may ascertain the fitness of applicants “as to age, health, character, knowledge, and ability for the employment sought.” Pursuant to this statutory authorization, the Civil Service Commission has issued regulations that require federal employees and applicants for employment to provide certain information and that create various mandatory standards of conduct for employees. The regulations at one time forbade “criminal, infamous, dishonest, immoral, or notoriously disgraceful conduct.” Under those regulations, the Civil Service Commission sought to exclude from federal employment those who had engaged in homosexual conduct. One such person was Frank Kameny. Born in New York City, Frank Kameny had attended Queens College, served on the front lines in World War II, and completed the course requirements for a Harvard Ph.D. in astronomy before having his first...
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