I just wrote the following e-mail to a head-hunter who wanted me to take a job that would have been a significant pay raise and promotion:
Thank you again for reaching out to me. Unfortunately, I do not feel comfortable considering a position in Alabama at this time. Alabama has a constitutional amendment that would nullify my legal domestic partnership. It is also legal in Alabama to fire someone based on their sexual orientation (or perceived sexual orientation). I have not had to be in the closet at work for over 10 years and I would not want to have to do that again to protect my career. There are certain comforts money just can't buy. Being yourself is one of them.
Thank you again,
It will be nice when my career's path is not impeded by ridiculous state laws. Fortunately, I love my current job, and live in a state that protects my relationship, makes it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the work place and in housing.
States like Alabama are going to continue to lose out on valuable workers and business owners until they update their laws.