Tag Archives: employment

PENNSYLVANIA: Governor Tom Corbett Backs LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, who so far had been no friend to the gay community, has backed a bill that would protect LGBT residents from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. Corbett, who has previously staked out conservative positions on social issues, told The Inquirer that he was “coming out in support” of the bill after learning that federal …

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Apple CEO: We Must Pass ENDA

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who is reportedly gay but has not publicly come out, endorsed the passage of ENDA during a speech at Auburn University.

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Shreveport Passes LGBT Protections

Via Equality Louisiana: Today, the Shreveport City Council passed the Shreveport Fairness Ordinance with a vote of 6-1. In Louisiana, and 29 other states, there are no state or federal protections in place to prevent someone from being fired, evicted or denied service just because of who they are or who they love. The Shreveport Fairness Ordinance prevents discrimination against …

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Unemployment Hits Five-Year Low

Via the New York Times: The jobs picture brightened in November as hiring in the United States was stronger than expected and the unemployment rate fell to a five-year low, data that increases the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will begin easing its stimulus efforts sooner, rather than later. In November, the jobless rate dropped to 7 percent. Economists surveyed …

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Rick Scarborough: ENDA Will Force Christians To Deny Their Christianity

“If the bill becomes law, Christians will be forced to violate their conscience or violate ENDA. While ENDA supposedly contains an exemption for churches and other religious institutions, there is none for individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs. This law is about forcing Bible-believing Christians to deny their faith rather than inconvenience cross-dressing, gender-confused adults.  How do you know if …

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Boehner: ENDA Is Unneccesary

“I am opposed to discrimination of any kind in the work place and any place else. But I think this legislation that I’ve dealt with as chairman of the Educational Workforce Committee long before I was back into leadership, is unnecessary and would provide a basis for frivolous lawsuits. People are already protected in the work place. So I am, …

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FRC Prays Against ENDA

The Family Research Council is asking God to step in and thwart the passage of ENDA in the House. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act – The misnamed bill will impose open homosexuality and transgenderism upon all U.S. private and public workplaces just as the repeal of DADT did the U.S. Military. ENDA has already passed the U.S. Senate May God give …

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Freep This ENDA Poll

Lower right of the main page. (Via JMG reader AJ)

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Matt Barber Has The ENDA Sadz

“The religious liberty death spiral continues. Writing in the Huffington Post, popular homosexual radio personality Michelangelo Signorile confessed that, of any potential ENDA legislation that might reach President Obama’s desk for his pledged signature, ‘none should include any religious exemptions’ whatsoever. If Signorile and other ‘LGBT’ activists get their way, this would mean that churches, mosques, synagogues, religious schools, Bible …

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Fred Karger On Mormons & ENDA

“This would not have happened without the blessing of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon Church). The Mormon Church got a big black eye five years ago for all it did to pass Proposition 8 in California, which wrote discrimination into the state Constitution and took away gay marriage in the nation’s largest state. So in …

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Senate Mormons Helped Win ENDA

The New York Times reports that ENDA passed yesterday not just with the help of the top Mormons in the Senate such as Majority Leader Harry Reid, but with the de facto blessing (or at least, without the objections) of the church itself. Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, who at 79 is one of the Senate’s longest-serving members, became the …

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Brian Brown Has The ENDA Sadz

“We are very disappointed by the Senate’s passage of this bill. While protecting people against discrimination is a very important goal, this legislation is problematic because of its broad and unclear definitions. Concepts like ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ are too vague to be a basis for such a law which could lead to individuals facing reprisals or even criminal …

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Atheist Group Praises ENDA Passage, Vows To Help Remove Exemptions

Via press release from the Secular Coalition For America: The Secular Coalition for America today applauded the passing of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the U.S. Senate, but expressed disappointment that discrimination by religious organizations will continue to be permitted, leaving millions of Americans unprotected. “This is a step in the right direction, but it certainly doesn’t go far enough,” …

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Senate Passes ENDA 64-32

 Four senators did not vote. I’ll have the roll call shortly. UPDATE: Buzzfeed has the vote recap. Ten Republicans joined all 54 present Democrats in voting for the bill. In addition to ENDA co-sponsors Sens. Mark Kirk and Susan Collins, Republicans Sens. Kelly Ayotte, Jeff Flake, Orrin Hatch, Dean Heller, John McCain, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman and Pat Toomey supported …

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LIVE VIDEO: Final Senate ENDA Vote

The Senate is about to make its final vote on ENDA.  C-SPAN2 is covering the proceedings live.  While the bill will not be heard in the House under the Boehner regime, this IS major LGBT history happening today. UPDATE: And it PASSES!

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Toomey’s ENDA Amendment Fails

Sen. Pat Toomey’s attempt to further broaden the religious exemptions in ENDA just failed 55-43.  View the roll call here. The final full vote on ENDA is due within the hour.

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Tony Perkins Vs Sen. Rob Portman

“With ENDA on the table, liberals (and a handful of Republicans) are trying to convince the American people that they aren’t tolerant enough to run their own offices. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) is trying to cushion the blow of his ENDA support with flimsy so-called religious exemptions that will do nothing to protect Americans. His amendment, which passed yesterday by …

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VIRGINIA: Gov-Elect’s First Act Will Be To Protect LGBT State Employees

Via the Human Rights Campaign: Signaling a new day for LGBT equality in Virginia, Democrat Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe said in his first press conference that his first executive order will be to ban discrimination against LGBT state employees. “In his first day as Governor-elect, Terry McAuliffe has declared a new day for LGBT equality in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said …

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Senate Adopts GOP’s ENDA Amendment Granting Broader Religious Exemptions

Via the Associated Press: On a quick, voice vote Wednesday, the Senate approved an amendment from Republican Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire that would prevent federal, state and local governments from retaliating against religious groups that are exempt from the law. The overall bill would prohibit workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. …

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GOP Senators Attempt To Expand ENDA’s Already Too-Broad Religious Exemptions

Buzzfeed’s Chris Geidner reports that a group of GOP senators are pushing an amendment to ENDA that would expand the already too-broad religious exemption in the bill. LGBT groups “appear uninterested” in fighting the amendment, says Geidner. The amendment, which also includes a provision making explicit that the purpose of the ENDA includes respect for religious liberty, is being authored …

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