The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, currently being debated in the U.S. Senate, provides special job protections and guarantees for homosexuals and transgenders and according to critics puts a target on churches and religious organizations if they refuse to hire someone who openly violates their faith principles.
Those opposed to ENDA claim the legislation is bad for free speech, religious freedom, and a healthy business environment. Proponents argue that heterosexual workers can’t be fired for “being straight” and that represents inequality in the workplace.
A handful of Republican Senators joined Senate Democrats recently in supporting the Bill – giving it the 60 votes needed to avoid a filibuster. Supporting a continuance of the Obama administration’s pro-homosexual societal devolution are:
Susan Collins of Maine
Dean Heller of Nevada
Mark Kirk of Illinois
Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire
Rob Portman of Ohio
Orrin Hatch of Utah
Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
Portman and Toomey are both pressing for amendments that would require an exemption for religious organizations from ENDA so that churches wouldn’t be targeted – but voted yes prior to any such amendments being finalized.
House Speaker John Boehner has already said he doesn’t support the bill which most likely won’t be allowed a vote in Congress as long as a majority of his Republican colleagues oppose the legislation.
The Employment Nondiscrimination Act, or ENDA, passed the Democrat-led Senate on Thursday, 64 to 32. Two additional Republican senators joined the above mentioned 8 in casting a ‘yes’ in favor of ENDA. Those 2 additional names are McCain and Flake. But House Speaker John Boehner said he won’t bring the measure before congress for a vote: “The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs,” Boehner’s spokesman, Michael Steel, said.
U.S. President Barack Obama urged Boehner to reconsider or face his political shame machine, aka. the lamestream media: “One party in one house of Congress should not stand in the way of millions of Americans who want to go to work each day and simply be judged by the job they do. Now is the time to end this kind of discrimination in the workplace, not enable it. I urge the House Republican leadership to bring this bill to the floor for a vote and send it to my desk so I can sign it into law.”
This legislation doesn’t, however, have any true value. When hiring into a public job nearly everyone signs a waiver stating that the employee/employer relationship can be terminated by either party at any time for any reason or simply no reason whatsoever. That typically overlooked tid-bit of workplace reality invalidates the very structure that not only ENDA is based on, but also former President Bill Clinton’s Family Leave Act which says that an employer can’t fire a person for missing time to attend to a loved one. It “feels good” and by golly it just sounds good but it’s literally impossible to enforce unless the employer is foolish enough to elude to that as the cause of the termination – which rarely occurs.
ENDA was a pet project of the late Ted Kennedy who came within one vote of passing a similar Bill in 1994.