Wednesday, September 23, 2009

ENDA: Congress Advances Gay Agenda in Workplace

Hearings in the house began today on H.R. 3017 (Employment Non-discrimination Act) with nearly 200 co-sponsors (six Republicans -- including Illinois Reps. Judy Biggert and Mark Kirk).

The liberals want to sneak this past the public, and so compliantly, the mainstream media is remaining silent.

UPDATE 9/28/09: Video of the House hearings (click to view playlist)

-- From "Homosexual Rights Supporters Seek Anti-Bias Bill" by Sam Hananel, Associated Press 9/23/09

Two openly gay members of Congress on Wednesday urged their colleagues to pass a sweeping job discrimination bill that would - for the first time - protect gays and transsexuals from workplace bias.

The testimony from Reps. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., comes as supporters of the measure believe Congress is closer than ever to banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Opponents complain some of the bill's language is too murky. It offers protection based on "perceived" sexual orientation and for workers who have "undergone" or are "undergoing" gender transition without defining those terms.

The House passed a similar bill two years ago - without protections for transgender workers - but it stalled in the Senate and faced the possibility of a veto from President George W. Bush. This time, President Barack Obama supports the bill.

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From "House Committee Hears Arguments for Special Rights" by Stuart Shepard, Digital Media Director (Focus on the Family) 9/23/09

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would bar employers from making decisions based on the "actual or perceived" sexual orientation or gender identity of employees or job applicants.

Stuart Ishimaru, acting chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, testified before the House Education and Labor Committee today.

Only one conservative voice was allowed on the panel: Craig Parshall, senior vice president and general counsel of National Religious Broadcasters.

"ENDA, if passed into law would impose a substantial and crippling burden on religious organizations," he said. "In the cases I reviewed recently where there's a clash between homosexual rights -- sexual orientation being protected under discrimination laws on one hand and Christian religious liberties on the other -- Christian liberties lose and the homosexual rights win."

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