It came as no surprise when House Speaker John Boehner confirmed his stance against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) this Thursday. As expected, the bill that was passed last week by the Senate will not have a vote in the House if Boehner has anything to do with it.
Boehner stated in a press conference earlier today:
I am opposed to discrimination of any kind — in the workplace and any place else. But I think this legislation — that I have dealt with as chairman of the Education Workforce Committee long before I was back in the leadership — is unnecessary and would provide a basis for frivolous lawsuits. People are already protected in the workplace. I am opposed to continuing this.
The bill was passed by the Senate to act as a safeguard to federally prohibit employment discrimination against the LGBT community. As of now 29 states are still able to fire or punish people based on their sexual orientation, as well as 33 states that can do the same based on gender identity. With the several issues that Boehner has opposed while being Speaker, it is quite clear that he is against any legislation that protects a demographic that does not fully support his party.
Watch Boehner here: