Current Event Cat of the Day: ENDA

Current EVent Cat - ENDA

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would make it illegal for employers to discriminate based on sexual orientation, has made it through the first hurdle in the Senate. Yes, it’s 2013 and you can get fired for being gay.

The Democratic-led Senate voted 61-30 to open debate on the workplace discrimination bill with the help of some gay-friendly/logically-minded Republicans.

Affordable healthcare? NO COMPROMISES! Curbing workplace discrimination against gay and transgender people? Yeah, a few of us can get onboard.

President Obama strongly supports the ENDA measure and was very happy to see seven initially reluctant Republicans vote with the Democrats – especially since the Senate needed 60 votes to ensure that conservative Republicans could not block it.

“Slowly, surely, we’re starting to see some common sense starting to prevail,” Obama told a group of donors at an Organizing for Action fundraiser.

As for the bill itself, Obama wrote an op-ed piece published by the Huffington Post in favour of ENDA and against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.

It’s offensive. It’s wrong. And it needs to stop because, in the United States of America, who you are and who you love should never be a fire-able offence,” the president wrote.

Does it make a difference if the fire-fighter who rescues you is gay, or the accountant who does your taxes or the mechanic who fixes your car?”

“Passing ENDA would build on the progress we’ve made in recent years,” he added. “When Congress passes it, I will sign it into law, and our nation will be fairer and stronger for generations to come.”

But not so fast Obama – there’s still one MAJOR obstacle: Boehner! 

ENDA is expected to win final Senate passage as early as this week but its future in the Republican-led House is as questionable as Rand Paul’s speech-writing abilities. Speaker John Boehner is anti-ENDA, believing it will “increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs”.

Even though existing state-level anti-discrimination laws lead to “relatively few” legal actions and the majority of Americans support anti-LGBT workplace discrimination laws, for Boehner it DOES matter if the fire-fighter who rescues him is gay – he’s very worried about being converted.

Via: BBC News 

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