Senate Rejects Toomey Religious Exemption Amendment to ENDA in 43-55 Vote


The U.S. Senate has rejected a religious exemption amendment to ENDA from Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) in a 43-55 vote.

The amendment would have expanded the current religious exemption's language. A draft of the language in the amendment published by Buzzfeed read:

“(b) In addition, (i) an employer shall qualify for this exemption if it is (in whole or in part) managed by a particular religious corporation, association, or society; if it is officially affiliated with a particular religion or religious corporation, association, or society; or if the institution’s curriculum is directed toward the propagation of a particular religion; and (ii) This exemption shall apply regardless of whether the employer, or the employment position at issue, engages in secular activities as well as religious activities.”

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  1. Ha Ha! Now rid the rest of it of anything favoring the religious fanatics and pass the da*n thing!

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Nov 7, 2013 12:18:05 PM

  2. HA - A big Dikembe Mutombo REJECTION back in your face Toomey!

    Posted by: Dave in PA | Nov 7, 2013 12:19:47 PM

  3. the exemption is bad enough as is, glad the expansion was defeated. if tea baggers take over the senate (like the house), we're all doomed.

    Posted by: northalabama | Nov 7, 2013 12:32:16 PM

  4. ENDA: The Religious Bigotry Protection Act

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Nov 7, 2013 12:59:40 PM

  5. So that would make a company like THE HOBBY LOBBY that won't carry Hanukkah stuff because of their Christian values exempt from due to this now deleted amendment. Glad the Senate had a brief moment of sanity here.

    Posted by: Michael Vilain | Nov 7, 2013 8:01:07 PM

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