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explain the phenomenon of discrimination towards gays and lesbians by heterosexuals outside of the original position. A vast majority of respondents in this study (78%) agreed with the statement, “I would support a nondiscrimination policy in my workplace that protects gay men and lesbians.” In addition, support or non-support of such a policy was, respectively, negatively and positively correlated with homophobia.

Ethical policy development is a very salient feature of public administration education and practice (Garofalo & Gueras, 1999). From an ethical standpoint, public administrators have had difficulty creating their own ethical principles and have largely borrowed from the psychological and sociological fields of theory (Garofalo & Gueras, 1999). This study shows a direct correlation between policy and discriminatory beliefs towards a particular minority group.

By applying the findings of this study to the ethical component of the public administration curriculum, scholars can more strongly show objective evidence between public policy, social attitude, and discrimination to future public administrators. Public policy design and implementation is far too often manipulated by lobbyists and interest groups serving the good of only the few (Garofalo & Gueras, 1999). Public administrators must strive to serve the greater good and meet the needs of the larger population as a whole (Garofalo & Gueras, 1999). Creating workplace policies that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation could serve as a

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