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Senate set to pass gay rights bill
« on: November 04, 2013, 01:02:36 PM »
http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/189121-senate-expected-to-advance-enda-with-hellers-support

November 04, 2013, 12:15 pm
Senate set to pass gay rights bill

By Pete Kasperowicz

The Senate is poised to move forward Monday with legislation that would ban forms of workplace discrimination against gay and transgendered people.

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) on Monday announced his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), likely giving Democrats the 60 votes they would need to break a Republican filibuster.

"After listening to Nevadans' concerns about this issue from a variety of viewpoints and after numerous conversations with my colleagues, I feel that supporting this legislation is the right thing to do," Heller said Monday.

"This legislation raises the federal standards to match what we have come to expect in Nevada, which is that discrimination must not be tolerated under any circumstance," Heller wrote.


In addition to Heller, four other Republicans are behind the bill. Sens. Susan Collin (Maine) is a co-sponsor, and three other GOP senators — Sens.  Orrin Hatch (Utah), Mark Kirk (Ill.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) — voted for it on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

But while the legislation is likely to advance in the Senate, it faces an uncertain future in the House.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday said he opposes the legislation because it would harm the economy.

“The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs,” said Boehner spokesman Michael Steel.

Senate Republicans who oppose the bill have similar concerns. Republican opponents on the HELP committee said the bill's language is "too vague for employers to understand" their responsibilities.

“[The bill] would force employers to ignore and silence the concerns of fellow employees, customers, and other users of their facilities," the GOP lawmakers wrote. "The repercussions of disregarding such concerns could be devastating to an employer."

But Democrats are pushing hard for the legislation, and are pointing to the bipartisan support in the Senate to pressure Boehner into bringing it up for a vote.

"The Senate now has 60 votes to finally #PassENDA & ensure that workers are judged on performance, not prejudice," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Monday in a tweet. "The House must follow suit."

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act would prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The bill contains protections for gay and bisexual workers that were first pushed nearly 20 years ago by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.). At its core, the bill would prohibit companies, associations and government employers at all levels from using sexual orientation and gender identity as a basis for discrimination.

The bill also includes language meant to protect people in the process of "gender transition." The bill doesn't define that term, but it does say anyone "undergoing gender transition" must be allowed to dress in the manner of their new gender.

President Obama urged Republicans to back ENDA in a blog post Sunday night, arguing that laws in some states that allow individuals to be fired based on their sexual orientation are “offensive” and “wrong.”

“Americans ought to be judged by one thing only in their workplaces: their ability to get their jobs done,” Obama wrote.

“Several Republican Senators have already voiced their support, as have a number of Republicans in the House,” Obama wrote. “If more members of Congress step up, we can put an end to this form of discrimination once and for all.”

But many conservatives are skeptical that the legislation is needed. The influential group Heritage Action last week said employers “should respect the intrinsic dignity of all their employees,” but called the discrimination bill “bad public policy.”

“The legislation would severely undermine civil liberties, increase government interference in the labor market, and trample on religious liberty,” Heritage Action wrote.

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Re: Senate set to pass gay rights bill
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2013, 01:03:30 PM »
http://thehill.com/189122-boehner-rejects-gay-rights-bill

Speaker Boehner rejects discrimination bill

 By Lara Seligman - 11/04/13 11:13 AM EST

Speaker John Boehner on Monday said he opposes legislation in the Senate that would ban forms of workplace discrimination against gay and transgendered people.

A spokesman said Boehner (R-Ohio) does not support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) because it would be bad for the economy.
 
“The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs,” said Boehner spokesman Michael Steel.


Senate Democrats believe they have the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster on Monday and put ENDA on a path to passage this week.

The legislation, which was first introduced in 1994, would outlaw workplace and hiring discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. It would also provide protections for people who undergo “gender transitioning” while on the job.

Boehner’s opposition makes it unlikely that the bill would pass the Republican-led House.

President Obama urged lawmakers to back the bill in a blog post Sunday on The Huffington Post, arguing that “Americans ought to be judged by one thing only in their workplaces: their ability to get their jobs done.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has also pledged her support to the legislation.

“Some people think ENDA is ending discrimination in the workplace. Isn’t that a given in our country? Apparently not. And that’s why we have to pass the bill,” Pelosi said last week. “Ending discrimination is what we are all about as Americans, and we should not have discrimination in the workplace because of gender identity.”

Social conservatives vehemently oppose the bill, and the influential conservative group Heritage Action is pushing lawmakers to oppose it.

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Re: Senate set to pass gay rights bill
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2013, 01:09:50 PM »
Gay rights bill = blow smoke to obscure Obamacare fiasco. :peeonobama:
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Re: Senate set to pass gay rights bill
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2013, 03:11:19 PM »
I agree, just another distraction from all the other crap Obama's foisting on us.

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The bill also includes language meant to protect people in the process of "gender transition." The bill doesn't define that term,
Can you say "void for vagueness"?

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Re: Senate set to pass gay rights bill
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2013, 03:33:40 PM »
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Orrin Hatch (Utah)...voted for it on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

I wonder how that will go over in Mormon Utah.

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Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) — voted for it on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

Run, Sarah, run.
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Re: Senate set to pass gay rights bill
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2013, 04:59:02 PM »
I wonder if Obama will show solidarity with the gay community and start wearing dresses for official meetings?  How about senators?  Will they start wearing dresses?  No, because they understand perfectly well there are times and places for everything but work is not one of them for cross dressing.  This is nothing but a ruse which should be left to the states at the very least, and preferably to the businesses, but is another government nail in the Constitution's coffin. *mad*
Abraham Lincoln:

There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.
--January 27, 1838 Lyceum Address

Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these
great and true principles.
--August 27, 1856 Speech at Kalamazoo, Michigan

Let us then turn this government back into the channel in which the framers of the Constitution originally placed it.
--July 10, 1858 Speech at Chicago

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Re: Senate set to pass gay rights bill
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2013, 07:29:00 PM »
So who will be left the only class of employees not federally protected?   :whistle:
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Re: Senate set to pass gay rights bill
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2013, 09:42:34 PM »
[[ So who will be left the only class of employees not federally protected? ]]

White males, of course. Especially older ones.

It's "the new slavery". Slaves created by default, because everyone else but them has been granted "protection" by the government...


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