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Democratic Platform Spell Out Gender-Inclusive ENDA Policy


In addition to including marriage equality in their official policy platform, the Democratic Party is also throwing their collective weight behind an Employment Non-Discrimination Act that protects all LGBT people.

And as seen in the wording, again obtained by BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner, the president's peers are framing the issue as not only one of equality, but economics:

We know that putting America back to work is job one, and we are committed to ensuring Americans do not face employment discrimination. We support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because people should not be fired based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

President Obama and the Democratic Party are committed to ensuring all Americans are treated fairly. This administration hosted the first-ever White House Conference on Bullying Prevention and we must continue our work to prevent vicious bullying of young people and support LGBT youth.

The President’s record, from ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in full cooperation with our military leadership, to passing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, to ensuring same-sex couples can visit each other in the hospital, reflects Democrats’ belief that all Americans deserve the same chance to pursue happiness, earn a living, be safe in their communities, serve their country, and take care of the ones they love.

Meanwhile, HRC President Chad Griffin this afternoon urged the Democrats to officially adopted the proposed language on marriage equality. "Marriage equality has quickly become a mainstream American value and it’s a sign of the times that the Democratic Party has included language affirming the ability of gays and lesbians to marry in its draft platform," he said. "We encourage the Platform Committee and the delegates to the convention to adopt this strong statement that all loving and committed American families deserve equal treatment."

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  1. Well, Obama and the Dems failed to pass ENDA when they had a super-majority in Congress so why should we believe him now? Oh, it's election time - he needs our vote.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 9, 2012 8:54:53 PM

  2. The Dems neevr had a super majority with Franken's confirmation held up by numerous recounts and Kennedy's illness, plus Republican obstructionism. But don't let facts get in the way of your argument.

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Aug 9, 2012 9:12:53 PM

  3. The whole "super-majority" meme that Republicans and whiners like to use is hooey. Ted Kennedy was sick and out of the senate for quite a while, Al Franken's election was contested for months, and this was only after Arlen Specter switched from R to D when he didn't meet the Republican purity tests. All in all, there was about a 6 month period where Dems actually had a super-majority. During that time, they debated and passed healthcare, which was a major deal. Give the Dems a strong and sustained super-majority, and things will get done.

    Posted by: Isaac | Aug 9, 2012 9:21:20 PM

  4. It's so funny to hear all the excuses gay republicans make. I just will never understand their perspective.

    Posted by: Emmy | Aug 9, 2012 9:46:31 PM

  5. Now you have to hate gay Republicans. All of this will be flattened with a Romney win, unless the President can exploit any more votes out of us.

    Posted by: Paul | Aug 9, 2012 9:58:17 PM

  6. So the LCR's (cause, you know, they hold such sway in the Republican party) will have to get ENDA added to the Republican platform, along with marriage equality, to compare with the Democrats. Good luck, girls! Stopping pulling GOProud's hair and get to work! You keep saying how those Republicans are changing--time to prove it.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 9, 2012 10:26:07 PM

  7. The only reason a super majority is needed is be ause republicans are unconstitutionally abusing rthe filibuster (which is not a constitutional tool). So to blame dems for not being able to get a super majority is to misunderstand how our congress is supposed to work.

    Posted by: David R. | Aug 9, 2012 10:28:57 PM

  8. Bottom line guys - an openly gay person can be fired from their Federal job easier than any other firing. Rape your secretary and you can survive holding on to your Federal job. Admit you are gay and you can be removed with little to no hesitation. Openly Gay people holding Government jobs have little to no protections. There are no Federal laws that protect the gay employee. If you are gay and considering a job with the U.S. Federal Government, don't be an idiot.

    I say this because my 67 year old neighbor worked for the US Department of Housing for 28 years (two years shy of full retirement) and was dismissed by a homophobic supervisor. The guy is now fighting for unemployment benefits and HUD is opposing his right to such benefits. As an openly gay person you can be targeted and removed with little to no protections no matter how many years you devote to your Government job. Avoid the US Government and most assuredly, avoid ever working for the US Department of Housing. Don't believe a word the Secretary of Housing says about protecting gays. He has done NOTHING to protect my openly gay neighbor. Nothing.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Aug 9, 2012 11:23:08 PM

  9. os2guy - thanks for the cautionary information. Such things should be reported many times over. I hope you have been able to help defend your neighbor.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Aug 9, 2012 11:46:43 PM

  10. @Jason: you have three choices in november: Romney, Obama or throw away your vote. Thats life, deal with it.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 10, 2012 4:44:34 AM

  11. No excuses, Obots. Democrats held enough votes to pass whatever they wanted for most of the 110th Congress.

    No excuses, Obots. Obama, Reid and Pelosi could have twisted the arms of Democrat and Republican bigots but they refused to do so becaue they're bigots and/or bigot panderers.

    The failure to pass ENDA or repeal Demorat Bill Clintons DOMA is proof positive that the Demorat party is infested by bigots, including the Bigot in Chief, who after saying he'd changed his bigoted mind about marriage equality reminded us that like Jeff Davis, George Wallace and the Clinton bigots, he thinks that our rights are trumped by the bigots victory in 40 or so states.

    Voting for Rethugs or Demorats is a waste. Before and after November 6th build union, the union left and the union friendly occupiers. If you're silly enough to think that your vote counts in a banana republic then vote left as a protest, write in Brad Manning or join the tens of millions who'll just sit it out because both parties are run by bigots.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Aug 10, 2012 8:48:55 AM

  12. Obama is again milking the gay cow. Don't upset the gays. They make Joan Rivers look tame. Who will win the use of the word "BIGOT" contest? How can Obama, who was for DOMA in 2008, become such a gay loving black man? Married gay couples are easier to control and monitor. That's where the future is headed. Read the news.

    Posted by: Josh | Aug 10, 2012 4:16:09 PM

  13. Obama is again milking the gay cow. Don't upset the gays. They make Joan Rivers look tame. Who will win the use of the word "BIGOT" contest? How can Obama, who was for DOMA in 2008, become such a gay loving black man? Married gay couples are easier to control and monitor. That's where the future is headed. Read the news.

    Posted by: Josh | Aug 10, 2012 4:16:10 PM

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