MSNBC’s Alex Wagner Looks At Fallout From Hobby Lobby Decision And Implications For ENDA: VIDEO


On her MSNBC show Wednesday, Alex Wagner discussed Senate Democrats' plan to introduce the "Not My Boss's Business" Bill in response to the Supreme Court's now famous 5-4 decision in favor of Hobby Lobby and "religious exemptions." Democratic Senator Mark Udall of Colorado spoke with Wagner as did the ACLU's James Esseks who paid particular attention to how the outcome in Hobby Lobby has altered the debate on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), with many gay rights groups withdrawing their support for ENDA earlier this week because of the religious exemption.

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  1. Chrislam says

    I wonder what’s next…..will Corporations be given the right to vote and the pursuit of happiness? When did corporations become a person…..

  2. Greg says

    The Democrats keep making the point that this misguided, broad ruling by the Supremes in the Hobby Lobby case has a bearing on women’s rights to make their own health and reproductive decisions as if they had no integral connection to the rest of our civilization. Women are our mothers, sisters, spouses, daughters, bosses, employees, etc., an assault on the civil liberties, constitutional rights and equal protections under law for women is an assault on our Democracy as a whole; on all of us.

  3. Ricster02150 says

    What’s next? Prohibiting the use of HIV meds because of the implications that you were somehow promiscuous and therefore deserved it? Or that you’re perceived as gay because you’re HIV+ and their religion is against that? VERY slippery slope here.

  4. simon says

    What’s next? It is already happening. There have already been cases of Catholic schools firing teachers and principals for marrying their same-sex partners. Even before they have to consider whether to provide insurance coverage for their partners.

  5. pete n sfo says

    There’s no way they should allow another religious exemption. Legal scholars over the last week have shown all of us what the SCOTUS just couldn’t manage to see; this ‘narrow’ decision has huge implications.

    Teri Gross on NPR asked a SCOTUS reporter (basically), “Does the court see that they have given corporations the right of free speech & the right to practice a religion, but two people cannot marry the person of their choosing?”

    It’s like the whole nation ‘gets it’ but for the most important court in the nation.

  6. Mike says

    Corporations became a person when the idiot RMONEY wished out loud that they were. Remember when he said, “CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE, AREN’T THEY? I THINK SO.” The dried up members of the Supreme Court who long ago forgot what it was like to EVEN be human agreed with him.

  7. Houndentenor says

    I wonder what we could accomplish if the gay rights groups actual focused on what could be done instead of pointless squabbling over a bill that won’t even come up for a vote in the House. We have big issues at the state and local issue (a ballot initiative to repeal Houston’s new gay rights ordinance, for example) but instead we’re squabbling over this big bag of nothing.

  8. Randy says

    Someone still needs to explain why, although ACA requires that plans cover the 20 FDA-approved methods of birth control, it still specifically excludes FDA-approved vasectomy, one of the most effective methods of birth control, and certainly less invasive than other surgeries that are required to be covered?

    (By the way, does anyone have the actual list of 20?)

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