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House Speaker John Boehner has some frivolous excuses for his opposition to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is having none of it. Boehner claims that prohibiting workplace discrimination against LGBT people would lead to frivolous lawsuits; Reid responds:
Speaker Boehner opposes ENDA for fear of frivolous lawsuits? He led a frivolous lawsuit defending DOMA that cost taxpayers over $2 million! — @SenatorReid
Nice one, Sen. Reid! And a very good point. It seems that Boehner thinks it's more troubling when people sue because they've been fired for their sexual orientation or gender identity than when House Republicans sue because they don't want all marriages to be equal. Reid had a little more to say on the subject:
“Not only is Speaker Boehner’s claim untrue, it is also callous. It fails to take into account the heartbreak and suffering — not to mention lost wages and productivity — that workplace discrimination causes,” Reid said.
As weird as it is that someone who cries as much as John Boehner is callous, it's hard to argue when you consider his policy agenda of allowing workplace discrimination, fighting for federal discrimination against some people's marriages, and cutting food stamps. Actually, make that impossible to argue. Boehner's politics—Republican politics—are all about writing callousness into law. And right now, Boehner is putting that in action by refusing to bring ENDA to a vote in the House.