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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Withdraws Support for ENDA

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force said Tuesday that it is dropping support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) over its religious exemption.

CareyWrites NGLTF in a press release:

The decision comes as broad religious exemptions, such as the one in ENDA, are creating gaping legal loopholes to discriminate in federal, state and local legislation.

"The morning after the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, we all woke up in a changed and intensified landscape of broad religious exemptions being used as an excuse to discriminate. We are deeply concerned that ENDA's broad exemption will be used as a similar license to discriminate across the country. We are concerned that these types of legal loopholes could negatively impact other issues affecting LGBT people and their families including marriage, access to HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention and access to other reproductive health services. As one of the lead advocates on this bill for 20 years, we do not take this move lightly but we do take it unequivocally – we now oppose this version of ENDA because of its too-broad religious exemption. We cannot be complicit in writing such exemptions into federal law," said Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.

Carey is urging support for treating LGBT people similarly as other protected classes under federal non-discrimination law, with a reasonable religious accommodation.

"The campaign to create broad religious exemptions for employment protections repeats a pattern we’ve seen before in methodically undermining voting rights, women's access to reproductive health and affirmative action. It is time for fair minded people to block this momentum, rather than help speed it into law. We need new federal non-discrimination legislation that contains a reasonable religious accommodation. LGBT people should have the same protections as those contained in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Legal equality is federal law."

"The truth is that those who seek to deny full equality are succeeding by using religion to create a quasi-moral, completely legal mechanism to discriminate. We can’t let them succeed. We can’t let them ignore the vast majority of people — and millions of people of faith — who think that discrimination is completely immoral and should be completely illegal," said Carey.

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  1. Piece by piece equality is no longer the way to go. There should be one federal equality law, encompassing employment, housing, credit, and so forth just as for race.

    No special religious exemptions.

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 8, 2014 1:52:58 PM


  2. I fear nothing substantive will pass the current House. We will likely have to wait till there is a sufficient cultural shift for the House to be supportive of gay rights.

    I don't know whether or not they could simply amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to cover us as well, but that would be great if they could.

    Posted by: Stan D | Jul 8, 2014 3:10:42 PM


  3. My gut opinion:

    We should be FLOODING the eeoc and state cra offices in EVERY state and district with discrimination suits in employment and housing. Where any given office has the policy of not pursuing the gi or so discrimination cases, we should be referring them for pursuit via other organizational legal means. Litigation, litigation, litigation. Until we solidify case law for dependable protections of lgbts (just like women) under titleVii. Until every such administrative office admits that the act covers so and gi. And, ulitimately, corps have no such choice to write corresponding basic human protections into their hr policies and operations procedures.

    We should not have to relegislate what the republicans already helped push through back in 1964: law that does not allow discrimination by sex.

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Jul 8, 2014 3:33:35 PM


  4. My gut opinion:

    We should be FLOODING the eeoc and state cra offices in EVERY state and district with discrimination suits in employment and housing. Where any given office has the policy of not pursuing the gi or so discrimination cases, we should be referring them for pursuit via other organizational legal means. Litigation, litigation, litigation. Until we solidify case law for dependable protections of lgbts (just like women) under titleVii. Until every such administrative office admits that the act covers so and gi. And, ulitimately, corps have no such choice to write corresponding basic human protections into their hr policies and operations procedures.

    We should not have to relegislate what the republicans already helped push through back in 1964: law that does not allow discrimination by sex.

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Jul 8, 2014 3:33:36 PM


  5. The repugs in 1964 intended to write in such extreme equality protections -- man, woman, whatever-- that the bill would fail. But it didn't. And it should stand for now and for all of posterity as protection against exactly that broadest interpretation possible of sex-based discrimination.

    I don't feel like this fight has really been fought to the extent we owe it fight. If we act like we have no protections in the name of sympathy or something, I sure hope we are not waiving our cases in court and defeating ourselves without a real hearing.

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Jul 8, 2014 3:45:12 PM


  6. If ends passes the way Hrc now endorses it, wouln't that effectively REDUCE the protections of gay people in the workplace? Why should there be extra-broad protections for religious bigots to discriminate?!

    If Enda passes and expands religious rights to mistreat gays, HRC should be OVER. Heck, my donations are done. I'll even rip that silly sticker off my car. We need real advocates for the community.

    H$r$c sold out. May they have the sense to back out of this now before it goes too far.

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Jul 8, 2014 4:12:30 PM


  7. Enda dang autocorrect.

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Jul 8, 2014 4:12:50 PM


  8. We've put up with being second class citizens for far too long.

    It's infuriating to me that we still are fired from our jobs, all the while we're being told that we're "equal" by conservatives and democrats that don't give a sh*t about us.

    Posted by: Frankie | Jul 8, 2014 5:53:49 PM


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