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Friday, November 1, 2013

Expand Civil Rights, Make Them More Extensive and Inclusive


The Employment Non-Discrimination Act seemingly has 60 senators supporting it---enough to get the bill approved in the Senate and to block any potential filibuster ...

More commonly known as ENDA, the bill would prohibit employment discrimination again LGBT people. With attention to gender identity as well as sexual orientation, passing ENDA would be groundbreaking in its inclusive protections of people in their workplaces, particularly for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. According to The Williams Institute, there are more than 8 million employees in the country who identify as LGBT. Currently, you can be fired in 29 states for being LGB and in 34 states for being trans; yet a frequent misguided argument against ENDA is the claim that LGBT discrimination in the workplace is a myth.

Read more:
ENDA may already have all the Senate votes it needs

Update from The Huffington Post:

Here in the United States, we're united by a fundamental principle: we're all created equal and every single American deserves to be treated equally in the eyes of the law. We believe that no matter who you are, if you work hard and play by the rules, you deserve the chance to follow your dreams and pursue your happiness. That's America's promise.

That's why, for instance, Americans can't be fired from their jobs just because of the color of their skin or for being Christian or Jewish or a woman or an individual with a disability. That kind of discrimination has no place in our nation. And yet, right now, in 2013, in many states a person can be fired simply for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

As a result, millions of LGBT Americans go to work every day fearing that, without any warning, they could lose their jobs -- not because of anything they've done, but simply because of who they are.

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 fireable offense.

That's why Congress needs to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, also known as ENDA, which would provide strong federal protections against discrimination, making it explicitly illegal to fire someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This bill has strong bipartisan support and the support of a vast majority of Americans. It ought to be the law of the land. 

Read more:
Congress Needs to Pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (written by President Obama)

Second update from The Huffington Post:

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) affirmed on Monday morning that he would oppose a law that would prohibit discrimination against gay and lesbian employees in the workplace, citing the possibility that it would put a financial burden on businesses.

Read more:
John Boehner Opposes ENDA, Dealing Blow To Bill's Chances

SuccubaSuprema writes:
It should come as no great surprise that Boehner opposes a law that would prohibit discrimination.  (Yes, full stop there, which should convey some of my feelings about the fascist ass.)

Update from GLAAD:
Memo to media: ENDA includes gender identity

Update from ThinkProgress:
Reid: House Could Pass LGBT Employment Protections If Boehner Allows A Vote

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