FWIW, Melanie, the more I think about it, the more I’ve come to conclusion that ENDA – as it is currently written – doesn’t work and should be scrapped. If Congress is going to pass ENDA, it needs to pass one that covers everyone, with no religious exemptions whatsoever clearly written into the bill.
Queer Nation Demands Comprehensive Federal Civil Rights Legislation
By Melanie Nathan, July 31, 1204.
Continuing to pressure Congressional Democrats to advance comprehensive federal civil rights legislation that will give lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans the same legal rights and protections that all other Americans currently have, Queer Nation is targeting Rep. Mike Michaud in a social media campaign titled “Which Side of Your Mouth Should We Listen To?”
Michaud, who is gay and a candidate for governor in Maine, supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which only bars employment discrimination against LGBT people and has a sweeping religious exemption that would let nearly 200,000 religiously affiliated employers fire or deny jobs to LGBT Americans.
Many national and state LGBT groups dumped ENDA over its religious exemption. On other issues, Michaud has called for “real solutions.” He asked Pres. Barack Obama to “follow the example of strong anti-discrimination laws…
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