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.”


  1. Mike Ryan says

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

  2. northalabama says

    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.