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ENDA Expected to Be Reintroduced Next Month, with Changes

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act is under review and revision  and is expected to be reintroduced in April, the Washington Blade reports, with Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) as its lead author:

Polis“I’ll be the lead author of ENDA, which we are at least planning to reintroduce in April,” Polis said.

Multiple sources familiar with ENDA say the legislation is being reconsidered before its reintroduction in the 113th Congress, and maintain no final decisions on the bill have been made.

It’s unclear what the nature of the changes might be, but one source familiar with ENDA told the Washington Blade the bill is being reconsidered with respect to religious exemption and disparate impact to make the legislation’s protections stronger for LGBT workers than previously written. The changes are being considered under the assumption the legislation won’t pass anyway with Republicans in control of the U.S. House.

ENDA has previously included a strong religious exemption. In the most recent version of the bill, Section 6 provided an exemption for religious organizations and businesses that were also exempt under Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964.


Rep. Jared Polis Introduces Federal Marijuana Bill

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced a bill on Tuesday that would change the way the federal government regulates marijuana, the Denver Post reports:

PolisRep. Jared Polis introduced legislation Tuesday that removes marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and shifts it from the Drug Enforcement Agency to be regulated by the renamed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana and Firearms.

Polis, along with Democrat Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, are seeking to have that new bureau regulate marijuana as it does alcohol. States and municipalities could still choose to prohibit marijuana production, and it would still be illegal to transport marijuana to a state where it is prohibited.

Said Polis: "We get the DEA out of banning marijuana federally, and we allow states to choose if they want it to be legal or illegal. "We don't want the whole industry and trade to be subject to who the president is and whatever their whims are in a given day."


Out Gay Congressman Jared Polis Mentions Partner, Calls for Unity in Diversity in DNC Speech: VIDEO

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Another speech I didn't get to last night was that given by out gay Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) in which as "an entrepreneur" and "an optimist" he celebrated Obama's LGBT rights achievements and called for greater unity.

Said Polis, in part:

[Obama's] vision for one America, one in which we can overcome our divisions to make our country greater, continues to be an enormous challenge to Washington, D.C., a town with professional pundits and pols, whose entire livelihood is never-ending partisan bickering.

But ladies and gentlemen, now is our chance to tell the dividers no, tell the special interests and cynical Washington insiders no, tell the lobbyists and PACs no, and tell our fellow countrymen and women, gay and straight, Christians, Jews, Mormons, Muslims and nonbelievers, rich and poor, black and white, Latino and Asian, east and west, north and south; it is time to tell them yes, together we are stronger, together we are better, together we are America.

And that is why we must continue bringing America together. So tonight, I don't just ask my fellow Americans to respect my relationship with my partner Marlon and my role as a father to our son. I also ask them to respect the Christian family concerned about decaying moral values and crass commercialism. I ask them to respect the difficult decision of a single mother to bring a child into this world, because of her heartfelt beliefs.

And it is why we must help that courageous woman have the support she needs after her child is born. We celebrate Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs, even Republicans, because this is their future, too. Republicans mocked our desire to heal the planet, but we will heal it for Republicans too, and we will create jobs for Republicans too.

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1151

END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: Eli Manning, David Beckham, Jeremy Lin, Jimmy Rollins, Evan Longoria, Joe Torre and Andy Katz join Obama and Biden in a new PSA.

EYTAN AND THE EMBASSY: Everything Changes.

WHAT IS DRUGS? Offender after an hour-long high-speed chase from Burbank to Hollywood last Friday in which he collided with three vehicles.

JARED POLIS: Questioned a really thick DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart this week on the relative health impacts of marijuana versus other drugs.

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'Weekly Standard' Editor William Kristol Won't Condemn Paper's Email Ad Warning of 'Homosexual Indoctrination'

William Kristol, the editor of the conservative Weekly Standard, has refused to condemn an email advertisement sent out by the paper that was written by Loudon County, Virginia wingnut and anti-gay activist Eugene Delgaudio, warning people that federal anti-bullying legislation is a secret plan to "indoctrinate" children with "homosexual propaganda".

The Human Rights Campaign called on its members to contact Kristol and demand he condemn the ad. The Log Cabin Republicans blasted the paper for sending it out as well.

You may recall Delgaudio's nutty fundraising letters and his work against the Student Non-Discrimination Act in the past. You may recall that Delgaudio fought tooth and nail against an anti-discrimination ordinance in Loudon County, labeling transgender people "it" and "real life Tootsies".

DelgaudioThe email, in part:

Dear Pro-family American, The Radical Homosexuals infiltrating the United States Congress have a plan: Indoctrinate an entire generation of American children with pro-homosexual propaganda and eliminate traditional values from American society. Their ultimate dream is to create a new America based on sexual promiscuity in which the values you and I cherish are long forgotten. I hate to admit it, but if they pass the deceptively named "Student Non-Discrimination Act," (H.R. 998 & S. 555) that's exactly what they'll do. Better named the "Homosexual Classrooms Act," its chief advocate in Congress is Rep. Jared Polis, himself an open homosexual and radical activist. And it's dangerously close to becoming the law of the land....

....You see, the Homosexual Classrooms Act contains a laundry list of anti-family provisions that will: Require schools to teach appalling homosexual acts so "homosexual students" don't feel "singled out" during already explicit sex-ed classes; Spin impressionable students in a whirlwind of sexual confusion and misinformation, even peer pressure to "experiment" with the homosexual "lifestyle;" Exempt homosexual students from punishment for propositioning, harassing, or even sexually assaulting their classmates, as part of their specially-protected right to "freedom of self-expression;" Force private and even religious schools to teach a pro-homosexual curriculum and purge any reference to religion if a student claims it creates a "hostile learning environment" for homosexual students. And that's just the beginning of the Homosexual Lobby's radical agenda....

....other countries like Britain are already experimenting with this kind of legislation, such as mandating public schools inject pro-homosexual content into every aspect of education. Word problems in math classes are now to include homosexual characters.  History classes will document the "civil rights" struggle against the "oppressive" pro-family establishment. And it's even started to infiltrate our state governments. In California, lawmakers want to "require schools to portray lesbians, homosexuals, transsexuals ... as positive role models to children in all public schools." Sexual deviants being held up as models of virtue?

H.R. 998 already has 150 co-sponsors in the House! And S. 555 already has 34 co-sponsors in the Senate! That’s why I need you to act quickly — right away — to protect our nation’s youth. I have prepared the official “Protect Our Children’s Innocence” Petition to Congress for you to sign.

Please click here to sign it right away so I can rush it to the Capitol with thousands more.

The Weekly Standard, which reportedly apologized to its readers,  tells Politico the ad was not properly vetted but Kristol refuses to condemn it.


NOM Welcomes Gay Congressman Jared Polis' Son into the World

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Over the weekend Penn posted about the arrival of Caspian Julius, the son of Congressman Jared Polis and his partner Marlon Reis.

The National Organization for Marriage immediately attacked:

"We have no clue whether it was a planned motherless family or whether he and his partner stepped in to give a motherless child a family—since he will not say."


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