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Marco Rubio: ENDA Will Burden Small Businesses, Lead to 'Frivolous Lawsuits'

RubioAs the Senate prepares to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act next Monday, speculation has now turned to who will be the key 60th vote necessary to avoid filibuster. All 55 Democratic and four GOP Senators have already committed to supporting the bill, and Majority Leader Harry Reid recently told Rachel Maddow "without question, we're going to get at least five Republicans."

Just don't count on Sen. Marco Rubio being that key vote.

Via spokeswoman:

"[Senator Rubio] believes people's qualifications, performance and honesty are the most important qualities by which they should be judged in the workplace. If you're a good worker, that's all that should matter," spokeswoman Brooke Sammon said. "This legislation goes far beyond protecting workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation, and he is currently studying what kinds of burdens it could impose on small businesses, frivolous lawsuits that could result, and ensuring that religious freedoms under the First Amendment are protected." 

When asked about ENDA at the annual Faith and Freedom Forum back in June, Rubio asserted that he's "not for any special protections based on orientation."

Who knew being able to safely be yourself at work counts as a special protection.

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  1. Hey Rubio, what if someone feigned being religious in order to fire someone because they were gay? hmm????

    Posted by: MIke | Nov 2, 2013 9:11:57 AM

  2. I work with the court system, and am quite familiar with the discrimination cases that are heard. Yes, there are frivolous lawsuits--but not that many, because lawyers know that they can't win them. The fact is that the only suits that really succeed are the ones where the juries jaws drop when they hear the evidence, and they get angry at the injustice. And there are mighty, mighty few of those cases. What is also worth thinking about is how few juries will be terribly sympathetic to a gay minority. People don't stop being prejudiced just because they are in a jury pool.

    So what ENDA really does is simply state that the law is on the side of the oppressed minority. That is the true effect of this act. And Rubio knows that. He just doesn't care.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Nov 2, 2013 11:23:14 AM

  3. Just so I am clear on this:

    According to Marco a gay person filing suit because he was discriminated against for being gay is frivolous but him saying things like, "To Latino people it's (illegal immigration) not about numbers, it's about family." isn't ?

    See, whether it's a Cuban or that field hand in Virginia, just as soon as they think they have theirs, they turn on other people.

    Posted by: Endora | Nov 2, 2013 12:13:03 PM

  4. If you are stupid enough to ask applicants if they are gay, you deserve to be sued. Otherwise you can just claim that you didn't know therefore case closed. The only people who are going to get sued in this are people who are openly hostile to gay people and proud of it. The people who are freaking out about this are the very ones who know there's a record of anti-gay statements that would be useful in an anti-discrimination lawsuit. Americans for some reason already think it's illegal to fire someone for being gay. In most states, it's not. We need to make that clear. republicans have been way out ahead of us for decades now with catch-phrases like "I'm for equal rights, but not special rights." For once I'd like to see liberals actually do a good job of messaging on an important issue. Just once.

    Posted by: Houndentenor | Nov 2, 2013 12:32:53 PM

  5. What is it that these Bozos don't understand, that for the most part religion has no place in the workplace? If the business owner insists on spewing forth his own take on religion, then he needs to suffer consequences when that impacts the well-being of his employees.

    It isn't just gays that are being fired because of that; adherents to other religions and sects have been the subject of unwarranted termination as well.

    Posted by: Burt | Nov 2, 2013 1:29:09 PM

  6. Marco Rubio used to be the "darling" of the Republicans, but thank god, that has changed....he is very right wing

    Posted by: Bernie | Nov 2, 2013 4:35:00 PM

  7. Prove it, cretin

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Nov 2, 2013 9:06:43 PM

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