The Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA) cleared a big hurdle Monday night, when the US Senate agreed by a 61-30 vote, to end debate on the bill. EDNA would essentially end employer rights to discriminate against anyone due to their sexual orientation, or gender identity.
The Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission already enforces discrimination laws involving race, age, gender, nationality, religion, or disability. ENDA simply adds the LGBT community to the protected class. Fifty four Democrats voted for cloture and they were joined by seven Republicans, including Susan Collins (Maine) and Mark Kirk (Illinois). They were also joined by fellow Republicans, Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Rob Portman (R-OH), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Pat Toomey (R-PA).
Interestingly, not one single Republican took the floor to publicly voice their opposition to the Bill. Doing so, of course, would have put them on record pandering to the bigots, haters, and religious fundamentalists (but I’m being redundant). Nine Republicans and one Democrat, (Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, who supports ENDA) were not present for the vote.
Please make no mistake here, the 30 Republicans who voted “no” are either cowards or bigots (or possibly both). The only reasons for a no vote are to support discrimination against our fellow LGBT citizens, or to hide in the shadows in fear of the TEA party element in the Republican voter base. The strong connection between the TEA party and bigots/sexists was recently highlighted in another aattp.org post.
The Huffington Post published an excellent tool for contacting the brave Republican Senators who sat silently, allowing their votes to expose their prejudice. This chart links to each Senators Twitter and Facebook account where you can voice your opinion of their courage.
Americans Against the Tea Party encourages every American willing to stand up for either the LGBT community or just supports equal rights, to contact these Senators. If you’d prefer to call or write of course, please refer to the Senate contact page by clicking here. We can’t allow bigotry to continue without speaking out.
h/t: Huffington Post