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It was a development that seemed to come out of nowhere, when a federal ban on discrimination in employment against LGBT folk suddenly gathered momentum on Monday.
The 61-30 vote in the Senate to open debate on ENDA is long overdue but most welcome.
We analyzed the history of the bill today in
The time has come to ban bigotry
The history of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act goes back almost two decades. The latest version, introduced by former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank in 2011, has languished in obscurity until this week.
Republican House Speaker John Boehner immediately said he opposes the law, but history is not on his side.
He will face enormous pressure to bring ENDA to a vote, not the least from his own party. More than a few Republicans voted with all the Democrats in 2010 to repeal the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. History could repeat itself.
And several Republicans voted for a previous version of the bill in 2007 according to the Center for American Progress which has the most detailed account in
A History of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act written in 2011 by Jerome Hunt.
Poll after poll has shown increasing majorities in favor of equal rights under the law for all in the LGBT community.  Gay marriage is now legal in 14 states, with Hawaii likely to be the 15th.
The House of Representatives may be like a troglodyte, but Boehner is unlikely to be successful forever.
History is on the side of equal protection for all. It may have to wait until 2015, but it will inevitably arrive.

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  •  Tip Jar (0+ / 0-)

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    by Warren Swil on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 07:56:13 AM PST

  •  ENDA will not "ban bigotry". (1+ / 0-)
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    ENDA only applies to employment.  People will still be free to discriminate against their customers and their neighbors.

    •  As much as I want it ENDA pass (1+ / 0-)
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      You and I are in total agreement.

      ENDA was crafted because of massive fear on the part of "moderates" that any attempt place sexual orientation and gender identity/expression under purview of anti-discrimination laws generally would be just too scary to contemplate. The result was this piecemeal, "just because" result, which leaves other forms of discrimination for another day. Given that ENDA's been around in some form since the 1970's, that could take approximately forever. It should be recalled that not a piece of civil rights legislation was successfully legislated between the 1870's and the 1950's. And even then, the first successful legislation to pass, the Civil Rights Act of 1957, was really weak stuff.

      The only way we're going to get full protection under the law is by means of SCOTUS granting us "suspect class" status.

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