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to equalize heterosexuals with homosexuals, a basic human right Nussbaum suggests everyone is entitled to is lacking.

Nussbaum’s tenth capability pertains specifically to equality issues in the workplace. Section B of capability ten claims employment rights are material and that everyone should have the right to seek employment on an equal basis with others (Garrett, 2002). Without a nondiscrimination policy guaranteeing equality for homosexuals at work, the material right Nussbaum suggests is an essential human property becomes a privilege for those who are not traditionally oppressed.

By encompassing the rights of gays and lesbians into her theory of human rights, Nussbaum creates argument in support of homosexuals in-relation to many of the major civil liberties, rights, and equalities gays and lesbians strive towards. And her capabilities provide a foundation for thought on the humanistic characteristics basic human rights afford to all individuals, not just gays and lesbians. The data from this study suggests that the majority of registered nurses would support some type of workplace nondiscrimination policy that protects gay men and lesbians. Nussbaum might argue this as a vital component to the work setting rather than a governmental obligation as proposed by Rawls. In conclusion, not only does the data from this study support policies at work that protect gay men and lesbians. The theoretical foundations of the social justice theories of John Rawls and Martha Nussbaum also validate their importance, maybe even beyond the realm of employers but into government social policy as well.

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