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Posts for November, 2007

Focus on the Family Policy: When All Else Fails, Lie

Timothy Kincaid

November 9th, 2007

jennifermesko.jpgJennifer Mesko, associate editor at Focus on the Family’s CitizenLink had this to say about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA):

ENDA would prevent employers from taking sexual orientation into consideration when hiring, promoting or firing. That could spell trouble for Christian business owners, churches and faith-based groups, which could be obligated to hire people who don’t share their beliefs. ENDA also could silence religious speech in the workplace.

The problem with that? Churches and faith based groups are specifically excluded from ENDA. Even though protections were in place in the original language, the House reinforced religious organization exclusions by means of an amendment.

Does Jennifer know that? I think you know the answer to that.

Employment Protection for Gays in all 50 States Passes House

Timothy Kincaid

November 7th, 2007 is reporting that the Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed the House of Representatives today without provisions protecting the Transgendered.

ENDA, as currently worded, would make it illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation in hiring, firing, promoting or paying an employee.

A senate version has not been presented and the President has promised a veto based on what seem to me to be spurious objections. Nonetheless, the House amended the bill to address the President’s concerns. Should the Senate pass the bill we will get to see whether the President had legitimate concerns or whether he’s just committed to vetoing protections for gay citizens.

NOTE – although 365Gay is reporting that the vote was “mostly along party lines”, Towleroad informs us that 35 Republicans voted in favor of the bill. By my count, 33 Democrats did not vote for the bill.

All Or Nothing ENDA – Consider For A Moment

Daniel Gonzales

October 2nd, 2007

The debate among gay activists on ENDA has on occasion come somewhat unhinged with things said like “no ENDA is better than an ENDA that excludes trans protections” while one blog went so far as to accuse dissenters of “abandoning” our trans allies.

One could argue, were transgenders “abandoned” in California, Hawaii, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Washington DC which all passed sexual orientation protections before gender identity?

Information and adapted graphic from the Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

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Trans HRC Board Member Resigns

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